___ 7. bilious (20) G. hated; detested utterly; loathed
___ 8. loitering (27) H. the quality of being offensively bold; nerve; rudeness
___ 9. impudence (31) I. to gradually put something into someone’s mind or feelings
___ 10. demure (32) J. food
Name:___________________________________________Date:_______________Ms. Estes Period:_____
STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS Chapters 6-10 Fever 1793
Part 1: Multiple Choice
1. Matilda’s family earns extra profits from the coffeehouse in August, but no one can agree on how to spend it.
Which of the following correctly expressing the wishes of ALL THREE family members?
A. Matilda wants to use it to expand the coffeehouse into a restaurant, her grandfather wants to save the
money, and her mother wants to use it to go to the country.
B. Matilda wants to use it to open a store, her grandfather wants to use it to travel to the country and her mom
wants to save it.
C. Matilda wants save it for a trip to France, her grandfather wants to save it, and her mother wants to expand
the coffeehouse into a restaurant.
D. Matilda wants to expand the coffeehouse into a restaurant, her grandfather wants to open a store, and her
mother wants to save it.
2. Matilda’s grandfather refuses to believe that the deaths are related to yellow fever. Who does he blame for the
weird sickness circulating through the city?
A. The refugees and foreigners B. The sailors who just came back from Europe
C. The lower class women D. The British government
3. Which of the following correctly tells the different ways Matilda’s mother & grandfather feel about the disease?
A. Matilda’s mother and grandfather both feel safe in the city as long as they stay away from the wharves.
B. Matilda’s mother wants to go to the country and her grandfather wants to stay in the city.
C. Matilda’s mother wants to stay in the city and her grandfather wants to go to the country.
D. Matilda’s mother and grandfather both want to go to the country for safety.
4. What grand idea does Matilda have to get more business at the coffeehouse?
A. Have doctors eat at the coffeehouse to help give customers advice on how to stay safe from the spreading disease.
B. Have Thomas Jefferson and President George Washington eat at the coffeehouse to attract customers.
C. Have a party with all the upper-class people of society to attract customers who will spend more money.
D. Convince the wagon driver who takes people out to the country to pick up at their coffeehouse so people
will stop there and spend money before leaving.
5. Why is Matilda’s mother so eager to have tea with Mrs. Ogilvie?
A. She hasn’t been invited to a party since the death of her husband.
B. She wants Matilda to be friends with Mrs. Ogilvie’s daughters.
C. She is excited to eat the delicious food that will be served.
D. She wants Matilda to become engaged to Mrs. Ogilvie’s son.
6. How do the Ogilvie daughters regard Matilda?
A. They stick their tongues out at her, prevent her from eating, and insult her.
B. They insult her at first but then invite her to come back again after they got to know her.
C. They compliment her at first but then stick their tongue out at her after they hear Matilda’s mother talk.
D. They compliment her hair, give her a small gift, and invite her to come back.
7. Which of the following shows the differences between the lower, middle & upper-class people in Philadelphia?
A. The lower-class have no where to get health care, the middle-class can’t decide whether to leave their
businesses or stay to make money, and the upper-class flee to the country for safety.
B. The lower-class are all dying quickly, the middle-class are able to get health care and survive without any
problems, and the upper-class are fleeing to the country.
C. The lower-class are fleeing to the country, the middle-class can’t decide whether to leave their businesses or stay to make money, and the upper-class can afford good health care while remaining in the city.
D. The lower-class are all dying quickly, the middle-class are fleeing to the country, and the upper-class can
afford good heath care while remaining in the city.
8. Matilda starts to think that maybe going to live on a farm in the country wouldn’t be that bad after all. What
prompts her to change her mind?
A. After hearing Eliza tell her about the news from the Free African Society meeting, she wants to leave.
B. After seeing Colette Ogilvie collapse from fever, she wants to leave.
C. After seeing her mother suffer from yellow fever, she wants to leave.
D. After hearing at the printers that several hundred people in her city have already died, she wants to leave.
9. What do Matilda and her grandfather encounter on their walk home from the printer?
A. Several dead bodies of fever victims piled in the street
B. Matilda’s mother being dumped out of a cart, apparently sick with the fever
C. A group people with the fever begging for money, food, and help
D. Eliza lying on the side of the road trying to get home, apparently sick with the fever
10. What symptoms of illness does Matilda’s mother have?
A. Yellow eyes, more energy than ever, loss of memory, and a fever
B. Yellow eyes, blood in her vomit, convulsions, and a fever
C. Yellow eyes, sores on her body, a bad taste in her mouth, and a fever
D. Yellow eyes, difficulty breathing, loss of hearing, and a fever
11. Why does Matilda’s mother yell at her to leave?
A. She is embarrassed for Matilda to see her this sick.
B. She is angry at Matilda for not taking good enough care of her.
C. She is worried Matilda might catch the fever from her.
D. She is nervous the family will lose money if Matilda doesn’t run the coffeehouse.
12. Once the doctor diagnoses Matilda’s mother with yellow fever, what method of treatment does he try?
A. Giving her plenty of fluids and requiring she take a bath every four hours
B. Cutting open her arm and bleeding her to get the sickness out
C. Pouring ice on her body to bring down the fever
D. Giving her antibiotics to fight the disease
13. Matilda’s grandfather has finally decided it is time to flee the city to get away from the spread of yellow fever.
Why can’t Matilda’s mother travel with them?
A. She is too confused to understand and refuses to go.
B. Travel is expensive, and there isn’t enough money for all three people to go.
C. Other towns won’t allow people with yellow fever to enter.
C. She follows the birds and squirrels, knowing they are heading to water.
D. She looks for a willow tree, knowing water will be nearby.
4. Why does Matilda’s grandfather call himself a fool?
A. He knows his old army tricks won’t help them survive in this situation.
B. He knows he should have listened to Matilda’s mother and left Philadelphia a lot sooner than they did.
C. He left the city knowing he had yellow fever and is afraid he will give it to Matilda.
D. He didn’t bring enough food to last them the whole trip, and now they are in danger of starving.
5. While stranded on the side of the road Matilda’s grandfather says, “We must form our battle plans, both for this
skirmish and for the rest of the war.” What does he mean by this?
A. That he and Matilda not only need to figure out how to get off the roadside, but also what they will do to
survive and get their lives back together.
B. That he and Matilda not only need to figure out how to get back to her mother, but also how to find a cure
for yellow fever.
C. That he and Matilda not only need to figure out how to get the clothing back, but also how to increase
business at the coffeehouse.
D. That he and Matilda not only need to find a way home, but also how to get Matilda a good husband.
6. What does Matilda use to try to catch fish?
A. A fishing pole she finds by a tree B. A basket she makes from branches
C. Her grandfather’s sword D. Her skirt
7. After gathering pears, Matilda heads back to feed and care for her grandfather. What happens on the way back?
A. Matilda kills a rabbit with grandfather’s sword. B. Matilda sees a victim of yellow fever and tries to help him.
C. Matilda comes across two men who try to rob her of her food. D. Matilda feels cold all over and passes out.
8. Who is Mrs. Flagg?
A. The wife of a farmer who takes in Matilda and her grandfather
B. A nurse who is helping Matilda recover from yellow fever
C. A woman Matilda meets who is dying from yellow fever
D. The wife of a farmer who gives Matilda food and clothing
9. What is Bush Hill?
A. The hill where Matilda and her grandfather are stranded
B. A cemetery where Matilda suspects her mother was buried
C. A mansion converted into a hospital to care for yellow fever victims
D. The dry goods store where Matilda and her grandfather are able to get food
10. Why is Matilda terrified to be at Bush Hill?
A. She has heard it is a dangerous place full of thieves.
B. She is terrified by how dirty the area is and thinks she might get sick.
C. She knows if she is there she will probably die.
D. She sees a man get murdered and fears for her own life.
11. What does Matilda’s grandfather do while she is recovering at Bush Hill?
A. Delivers food, burns dirty mattresses, and helps figure out how to raise more money
B. Carries dead bodies to the fire where they are cremated
C. Helps children who lost their parents to yellow fever find a new home
D. Hangs out in the barn trying to recover from his own illness
12. The clerk discharges Matilda since she is once again healthy. Where does he want to send her?
A. Back to Philadelphia B. To an orphanage C. To the Ludington’s farm D. To train to become a nurse
13. What do the workers at the hospital want Matilda to do once she is discharged?
A. Take care of her grandfather, making sure he takes his medicine three times a day
C. With the establishment of the new American government, there is now a law requiring all business owners
to register and pay taxes. A lawyer is needed to make sure the proper paperwork is filled out.
D. Many people will think that Eliza, being black, took advantage of a young, white girl. White people don't usually like to see black people move up in society so to avoid trouble, a lawyer has to make it official.
12. What does the messenger bring during Thanksgiving dinner?
A. A letter from Matilda’s mother B. Flowers from Nathaniel
C. A free sample of coffee beans D. News that Matilda’s mother is dead
13. Describe business at the coffeehouse.
A. Every chair in the coffeehouse is full. They have expanded the menu, and Matilda has proven to be a very successful businesswoman.
B. Business starts to pick up. The coffeehouse isn't full, but Eliza & Matilda are able to support themselves.
C. Business is slow since many people have not yet returned from the country.
D. The business has gone bankrupt, and Matilda will have to marry in order to survive.
14. People have been returning to Philadelphia, and the town is coming alive once again. What event sparks a massive
return to the city for all the remaining people in the country?
A. When the market reopens, that is a sign that the fever is over and people are safe to return to the city.
B. When President George Washington returns to the city, all the remaining people in the country know it
must be safe to return, too.
C. When there is a town meeting called, everyone knows it is safe to return form the country.
D. When the first heavy snowfall comes at Christmas, people know the fever is gone.
15. What has happened to Matilda’s mother?
A. She went to the Ludington’s farm a few days after Matilda and her grandfather headed there, even though
she was still ill. When she didn’t find her daughter, she became frantic and attempted to search for her. She
was found on the side of the road near death and now she has become very fragile.
B. She tried to make it to the Ludington’s farm but was not allowed into the city since she still had traces of
yellow fever. Friends eventually went looking for her and found her half dead on the side of the road. She
now has serious health problems with her heart.
C. She was able to make it to the Ludington’s farm, but when the rest of the household caught yellow fever
she was not able to fight off the disease and passed away.
D. She passed away before she ever left Philadelphia
Part II: Determining the Meaning
Use context clues to match these words to their definitions. The page numbers of the words are in parentheses..
___ 1. fetid (210) A. insincere or ridiculous talk
___ 2. fatigue (211) B. owner of a business establishment
___ 3. vanity (215) C. alone or unattended
___ 4. gaunt (219) D. weariness from bodily or mental exhaustion
___ 5. proprietor (226) E. to envy or resent the good fortune of someone else
___ 6. bunkum (236) F. extremely thin and bony
___ 7. ruckus (241) G. excessive pride in one’s appearance
___ 8. extinguish (242) H. to put out or bring to an end
___ 9. begrudge (242) I. having an offensive odor
___ 10. solitary (242) J. a noisy commotion or disturbance