Fever 1793 ~ Chapters 24-29

Continue with general questions and theme ideas posted a week ago. EdCafe is Wednesday–don’t forget your 10/15 pages of notes!


~Describe the work Mattie does with the Free African Society.

~Under what circumstances do Mattie, Eliza, and the children return to the coffeehouse?

~Why does the market suddenly reopen on October 24th?

~How did the Peale family survive their quarantine?

~Who followed the procession back to Philadelphia led by George Washington?

At the beginning of chapter 29 there is quote from a letter dated 1800 from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush. Jefferson said, “The yellow fever will discourage the growth of great cities in our nation.”  Thinking of city life vs. suburban life today (and considering that you all live in the suburbs), to what extent was Jefferson correct?

Fever 1793 Chapters 20-23

Continue to explore the general themes and questions posed on Monday.


Chapters 20-23 specific questions:

~How many people have died in the epidemic by the end of September?

~Describe the relationship between Mattie and Nell

~how does Mattie reunite with Eliza?


~Describe the Free African Society and the role they have taken on during the epidemic.

~Why is the orphan house called the “house of last resort?”

~What job does Mattie take on at the end of Chapter 23?

Fever 1793, Chapters 15-19

Continue exploring the General Themes and Questions posted Monday.

Specific Chapter 15-19 Questions:

~Describe what Mattie learns about the fever’s impact on Philadelphia

~How are the French methods of treating Yellow Fever different from Dr. Rush’s techniques?

~Why does Mrs. Bowles warn Mattie not to venture into the streets of Philadelphia?

~How does Mattie react to the options presented for Susannah’s future?

~What is the biggest concern for Mattie and Grandfather when they return to Philadelphia?

~What prompts Mattie to wear her mother’s clothes?

~Describe the circumstances surrounding Grandfather’s death. To what extent can he be considered a victim of the Yellow Fever epidemic?

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Fever 1793 ~ Chapters 8-14

Continue focusing on the General Questions and Themes posted yesterday.

Chapters 8-14 specific questions:

~Describe the medical practices used by various doctors in treating Yellow Fever. How do the French doctors’ treatments differ from the American and Scottish doctors’ treatments?

~How do Mattie and her grandfather come to be abandoned in the countryside?

~What military lessons of grandfather’s are useful to their current situation?

~What concerns are there for the coffeehouse back in Philadelphia?

Fever 1793 ~ Chapters 1-7

General Themes:
~Hopes and Dreams

General Questions to Consider:

~What historical events define your generation similar to how the Yellow Fever epidemic defined those living in 1793?

~What is the significance of the color yellow throughout the novel? WHy does yellow relate to both positive (balloon) and negative (fever) things?

~ To what extent have women’s roles in American society changed and/or remained the same between 1793 and 2012?

Specific Chapter 1-7 Questions:

~Why is the waterfront Mattie’s favorite place?

~What is the significance of Blanchard’s Balloon?

~To what extent is your life like Mattie’s?

~What do Mattie’s “best friend” Eliza and Mattie’s mother Lucille have in common?

~How does Mattie’s life change once Polly dies?

~Who is Captain William Farnsworth Cook?

~After 1 week what is the death toll in Philadelphia?

~How do folks know when another person has died?

~Describe Mattie’s relationship with Nathanial Benson.

~Who is blamed for the fever?

~What invitation does Mattie receive and how does she prepare?

~What famous American’s name is brought up in conversation at the tea?

Please add your own questions and observations in the comment section below.

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Industrialization at the Olympics

Welcome class of 2016! This blogs helps us connect topics and events we learn about in class to things that are happening in our world today. This summer London hosted the Olympic Games–a long tradition that we will be discussing the origins of at the end of term 2. At each games the host country puts on an Opening Ceremony, where the athletes parade into the stadium and the torch is lit. As part of the ceremony as well each host country puts on a show that describes their history, culture, and influence on the world. Watch this clip from the 2012 London Opening Ceremony:

In the comment section below write your thoughts on this production. You may answer one or more of the following questions, or note your own observations.

  • Why was the industrial revolution part of the games?
  • What message did the London Olympic Committee hope to send with this performance?
  • What images from the industrial revolution do you recognize?
  • What images or scenes do you think were missing that could have helped the London committee get their point across?


Please note that comments will be held in moderation until I approve them. Also, Weymouth Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy states high school students will use first initial and last name when commenting on-line.

Street Art and Social Media

This week we spent some time learning about the Arab Spring Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa that began in December 2010-January 2011 and still continue today. View the following image of Egyptian protest art taken about one year ago, then answer the questions that follow.


  •  What symbols do you recognize? What is the meaning of these symbols?
  • What languages does the artist use? How and why are these languages used?
  • To what extent are images distorted? What effect does distorting and/or presenting images in a realistic way have on the overall effect of the artwork?

Read more about Egyptian Protest Street Art

Irish Independence Homework

Honors must complete number 1. CP students may choose to complete either 1 or 2:

1. Read this short story: The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty. Write a “Response Essay” using the proper form: paragraph on author’s purpose, paragraph on your opinion relative to author’s and paragraph on how this piece has influenced you.

2. view the following and tell me the meaning of his bumper sticker 26 + 6 = 1 ?


Post your answer to 2 as a comment below. Question 1 will be passed in on separate paper.

Russia’s “New” President

On Sunday, Russian voters elected current prime minister and past President, Vladimir Putin, to a third term as head of the government. Under current laws Putin will serve 6 years, and then can be re-elected to an additional 6 year term. To justify the limits this seems to place on democracy in Russia, Putin’s campaign referenced history, according to an article in this week’s The Economist:

  • State propaganda has demonised the 1990s—the period which laid a foundation for growth and for Mr Putin’s own career—as the darkest period in Russian history. In his endorsement of Mr Putin the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church likened the 1990s to the Napoleonic invasion…, Hitler’s aggression and civil war. Mr Putin’s campaign is based almost entirely on the idea that his departure would throw the country back into such chaos

Supporters and critics alike often use historical references to back their claims that Putin is either justified in his actions, or another incarnation of Josef Stalin. In September 2010 this Kevin Kallaugher cartoon appeared in the The Economist, a London-based magazine.








Explain the meaning of this editorial cartoon paying particular attention to historical references using terms from our class.

Using History to Prove a Point about Today?

Last week Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich caused a political firestorm when he claimed he was a Zionist, and used not often remembered historical facts to deny Palestinians have a right to independence from Israel. Here is the snippet of an interview:

Over vacation I would like you to respond in a creative way that uses another reason from history why something today should or should not take place.