The Ghost Map Test | Final Test - Hard

Steven Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In The Ghost Map, when was the new sewer system mostly operational?

2. During the Great Stink along the Thames in The Ghost Map, how did the rates of death from epidemic disease rise or fall?

3. In "Sedgwick's Principles of Sanitary Science and Public Health", how many pages are devoted to the Broad Street outbreak?

4. In The Pump Handle, among the 45 houses extending in all directions from the intersection of Broad and Cambridge streets, how many managed to survive the epidemic without losing a single resident?

5. In The Ghost Map, when did John Snow begin working on his first map of the Broad Street outbreak?

Short Essay Questions

1. In The Pump Handle, what was discovered when a surveyor examined the cesspool at the base of 40 Broad?

2. In The Ghost Map, what did the first map look like that Snow created?

3. In Building the Case, what about the way that cholera affected the human body led Snow to believe that cholera was ingested and not inhaled?

4. How did Whitehead and Snow begin working together in The Pump Handle?

5. Through the new sewer system, how much waste was deposited into the Thames and what was the result?

6. What did one scholar testify before Parliament in 1864 about the value of London's sewage?

7. In Building the Case, what was the law of diffusion of gases?

8. In All Smell is Disease, why might Henry Whitehead have believed that the cholera might be ending?

9. Why was the removal of the pump handle on September 8 significant?

10. In The Pump Handle, why did Whitehead have a crucial edge in the cholera investigation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Finding pure water was always an issue for humans. Why did humans begin drinking alcohol rather than water, and how did the health benefits of drinking alcohol instead of contaminated water mitigate the health issues with drinking alcohol?

Essay Topic 2

Diseases were a brake on human growth. How did cholera and other epidemics decimate populations, and how were they a brake on human growth?

Essay Topic 3

Johnson uses imagery to help readers imagine what London and the cholera outbreak were like. How does Johnson’s use of imagery help readers understand the times and problems that people faced?

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