S: A-Z Assignment: Fever 1793 By Eryn Cohen
BC: Eryn Cohen is a twelve year old girl who enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She has one brother and no pets. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, drama, playing softball., playing volleyball, and going to Italian Club. She is currently learning four languages: English, Hebrew, French, and Pig Latin. Eryn Cohen's dream vacation spot would be a trip to Paris or Hawaii, but if you feel like buying her tickets, she will be more open. This is just one of her amazing books written in Sandy Run. She will hopefully be continuing to make more in the near future..
FC: A-Z Assignment: Fever 1793 By Eryn Cohen
1: This book is dedicated to Mrs. Hill, my favorite teacher who loves to give out A's!
2: Table of Contents A...Alliteration B...Bilious C...Coffeehouses D...Damask E...Eliza F...Free African Society G...Grandfather H...Hyperbole I...Irony J...Jeannine K...King George L...Literary Device M...Metaphor
3: Table of Contents N...Nell O...Oppressively P...Protagonist Q...Quotes R...Reckon S...Sickness Reaches Mother T...Tea at the Oglivie's U...Unceasing V...Vocabulary W...Wharves X...eXposition Y...Yellow Fever Z...Zero Help from the Farmer
4: A is for Alliteration (L) | "Fresh fish fit for the pan" (27). | This alliteration is important because it helps you visualize the market.The alliteration helps you see the market through Mattie's eyes and her perspective. It also gives you an idea of what a market was like in 1793. The market back then was outdoors, usually bustling with people, and very social.
5: B is for Bilious (V) | Definition: pertaining to bile(liquid secreted by the liver that aids in absorption and digestion) or to an excess secretion of bile. | "Mary Shewall died soon after a bilious fever, and one could hardly fault her character" (20).
6: C is for Coffeehouse (F) | Coffeehouses were very popular throughout the 1790s. Coffeehouses were places where people could socialize. One of the most famous coffeehouses was called the London Coffee House opened by William Bradford in 1754. Foods served at coffeehouses included cinnamon buns, coffee, gingerbread, tea, apple brown betty, apple pie, and much more. | Coffeehouses are very important in Fever 1793 because Mattie and her family lives in and owns a coffeehouse. Their life revolves around the coffeehouse because that is where they make all of their money and see their friends.
7: D is for Damask (V) | "The long windows were covered with shimmering damask curtains" (47). | Definition: A reversible fabric of linen, silk, cotton, or wool, woven with patterns
8: E is for Eliza (C) | In Fever 1793, Eliza is the coffeehouse cook. Eliza is a round character because we know that she used to be a slave until her husband bought her freedom. We also know that her husband died, but she didn't turn sour. Eliza is a static character because she stays generous and hardworking throughout the whole story. | "A woman's work is never done" (175).
9: F is for Free African Society (F) | Richard Allen and Absalom Jones founded the Free African society in 1787. The purpose of the Free African Society was to help out ill or unemployed African Americans and to abolish slavery. When the yellow fever epidemic hit, the members of the Free African Society were dedicated to caring for yellow fever victims. | The Free African society is important in the story because Eliza was a member of it. They also helped fever victims recover in the story. Mattie helped the Free African Society when she was with Eliza.
10: G is for Grandfather (C) | Captain William Farnsworth Cook of the Pennsylvania Fifth Regiment is Mattie's grandfather in Fever 1793. Grandfather is a round character because we know that he was a stout man and had been serving in the army under General Washington. Grandfather is a static character because throughout the whole book he remains social and bold. | "Always knew you had it in you... you're a fighter, no doubt about that" (146).
11: H is for Hyperbole (L) | This metaphor is important because it explains how Matilda feels about getting dressed up for tea at the Ogilvies' house. She is very uncomfortable and feels like a china doll just like Grandfather previously said. Her clothes were so tight that she felt as if she were about to break. | "I will break just as easily" (45).
12: I is for Irony (L) | Irony is significant because it tells the reader that Mattie's mother really can't cook. Like Mattie, I find this amusing. Irony is similar to twists in the story because it is unexpected. Most people would think that Lucille Cook is great cook because of her last name. | "Mother couldn't prepare a meal fit for pigs. I found this amusing, considering our last name was Cook" (8).
13: J is for Jeannine (C) | Jeannie Ogilvie is Pernilla Ogilvie's daughter. She lives in a mansion with the rest of her family. Jeannine is a flat character because we don't know anything about her background. Jeanine is a static character because she stays mean and snobby from the beginning until the end of the book. | "I heard a man died of the fever in the middle of the street, and three black crows flew out of his mouth" (50-51).
14: K is for King George (C) | In Fever 1793, King George is the green parrot that Grandfather won in one of his card games. He is a flat character because we don't know anything about him aside from the fact that Grandfather won him. He is a static character because he stays an annoying, scraggly parrot until he disappears later in the story. | "Pretty Mattie, pretty Mattie" (88).
15: L is for Literary Device (L) | This simile is significant because it explains how Mattie is getting treated. She is constantly getting bossed around by her elders. The simile is comparing her to an unpaid servant who always gets bossed around. It also explains that at fourteen years old, she is able to take on the same level of chores that an unpaid servant does. | "I was big enough to be ordered around like an unpaid servant" (12).
16: M is for Metaphor (L) | "Life was a battle, and Mother a tired captain and bitter captain. The captain I had to obey" (17). | This metaphor is important because it describes Matilda's relationship with Mother. Matilda has to listen to Mother even if she is strict and bitter. Mother refuses to let Matilda to go to Polly's house. When Matilda calls mother horrid, Mother snaps back at her. Once Mother makes up her mind, her decision is final.
17: N is for Nell (C) | "Mama's broken, too" (162). | Nell is the little girl that Mattie find cowered in the corner of Nell's house. Her mother has died from yellow fever leaving Nell as an orphan. Nell is a flat character because the only thing we know about her is that her mother has died. Nell is a static character because she stays shy and close to Mattie from when Mattie finds her to the end of the book.
18: O is for Oppressively (V) | Definition: causing discomfort by being excessive, intense, elaborate, etc. | "Another oppressively hot day" (35).
19: P is for Protagonist (C) | Matilda Cook is the protagonist of Fever 1793. Matilda is a round character because we know about her family, her home in Philadelphia, her family coffeehouse, and her crush, Nathaniel Benson. Matilda is a dynamic character because in the beginning of Fever 1793, Matilda is fresh toward her mother and childish. At the end of the novel, Matilda become more ladylike and very mature. | "'Please take care of Mother and Eliza and Grandfather.' I sat in silence for a moment. 'And Nathaniel'" (129).
20: Q is for Quote (F) | He who sitteth upon the Pale Horse, He whose name is Death shall be sent through the streets of Philadelphia. --Quaker prophecy Philadelphia, 1793 | This quote translates to "Many people in Philadelphia will die." In the last book of the New Testament of the Bible, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described. The fourth horseman is named Death. The horseman is followed by Hades. Illustrations often show Death carrying a scythe, sword, or other implement. The quote is a metaphor because the quotes compares the yellow fever epidemic to Death, the fourth horseman. | This quote is important because it describes how Philadelphia is faring with yellow fever. It tells how many people Philadelphia is losing to "Death".
21: R is for Reckon (V) | "Do you reckon it was a fever victim?" (32). | Definition: To esteem or consider
22: S is for Sickness Reaches Mother (P) | "Rowley, the imposter. Autumnal fever indeed. Your mother has yellow fever. There's no doubt at all" (71). | Mother coming down with yellow fever is part of the rising action. When the man dumps Mother from his wheelbarrow into the street, Matilda knows there is something wrong. Then, Mr. Rowley tells Matilda that her mother has an autumnal fever, but he was wrong. The next day, Dr. Kerr is confident that Mother has yellow fever. On the following day, Matilda and her Grandfather leave for the country and that is the last Matilda hears of her until the end of the book.
23: T is for Tea at the Ogilvie's (P) | Tea at the Ogilvie's is part of the rising action. When Mother and Mattie get invited to tea at the Ogilvies' mansion, Mother jumps at the offer in high hopes that Mattie will marry their young Edward. At the Ogilvies' mansion, the Ogilvie sisters are snobby to Mattie like usual. The Ogilvies and the Cooks sat down and engaged in small talk about French and Colette's engagement until Colette fainted from overheating. | "Mrs. William Cook Junior and Miss Matilda Cook are here for tea with Mrs. Ogilvie" (47).
24: U is for Unceasing (V) | "'I'll never complain about a cold day again,' I vowed after another week of unceasing heat" (34). | Definition: not stopping
25: V is for Vocabulary (V) | Abhorred: to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate | "Mother abhorred mice" (3).
26: W is for Wharves (V) | Definition: a structure built on the shore of or projecting into a harbor, stream, etc. so that ships may be moored to load or unload or to lie at rest | "On a clear day, I could see the masts of the ships tied up at the wharves of the Delaware River" (4).
27: X is for eXposition (P) | The exposition takes place during the first two chapters. During the exposition Matilda, Mother, Grandfather, Eliza, and Polly are introduced. We find out that the Cook family owns a coffeehouse and has a fantastic cook named Eliza. We also found out about Matilda's deceased father. The exposition ends with Polly's death which is the inciting incident. | "Matilda, Polly's dead" (13).
28: Y is for Yellow Fever (F) | In 1793, the yellow fever epidemic hit Philadelphia. Being one of the worst epidemics of all time, yellow fever killed approximately 10% of the city's population. To avoid yellow fever, may people fled to the country. Famous people touched by yellow fever included Dolley Payne Todd Madison, George Washington, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and Stephen Girard. | Yellow fever is important to Fever 1793 because the story is about a fourteen year old girl's struggle against yellow fever. Without the epidemic, there would not be Fever 1793. It also helps Mattie become more mature and responsible.
29: Z is for Zero Help from Farmer (P) | The farmer throwing Mattie and Grandfather out of the wagon is part of the rising action. When Mother comes down with yellow fever, the best thing for Mattie to do is to go to the fresh country air with Grandfather. When they are about to enter the country, men authorized by the town council stop them. There is a mandatory check-up by the doctor for every passenger to make sure that no one passing through the country has yellow fever. When Grandfather breaks out into a coughing fit, the doctor accuses him of being contaminated with yellow fever. The farmer lies that Mattie and Grandfather are not his family and they have only been riding with them for about a mile or so. He passes through to the country with his real family, leaving Mattie and Grandfather stranded without their food or clothing. | "With only one half-starved horse pulling us, it took nearly an hour to be clear of the city line" (78).