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Jim Murphy

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

Nonfiction | Book | Middle Grade | Published in 2014

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Multiple Choice

1. Which words best describe how many US citizens felt about Washington’s hesitant attitude toward helping the French republic?

A) An appropriate solution

B) A sign of betrayal

C) An example of wisdom

D) A longing for neutrality

2. In Chapter 1, Murphy describes the mysterious fever as “an invisible stalker that would go house to house until it had touched everyone, rich or poor, in some terrible way.” Which of the following literary devices does Murphy use in this quote?

A) Metaphor

B) Simile

C) Allegory

D) Personification

3. For Murphy to write his account, which of the following resources was necessary?

A) Photographs of the plague

B) Detailed maps of Philadelphia

C) Firsthand, written accounts of the illness

D) Precise medical records of the disease’s origins

4. Which of the following phrases best summarizes the events of Chapter 4?

A) The mass exodus of politicians and business leaders from Philadelphia

B) The increasing scientific study of yellow fever patients

C) The return of President Washington from his exile

D) The passage of health and safety laws at the federal level

5. What reason does Murphy offer for why Dr. Rush’s medical peers judged his treatments too harshly?

A) They supported only the most extreme bleeding methods.

B) They were jealous of Rush’s results.

C) Politicians were placing pressure on the doctors of New York.