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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. What is the "diaspora"?

2. What percentage of arrests in New York City during the 1850s were made of drunk and disorderly Irishmen?

3. What area in the United States contained the greatest number of Jews ever assembled in one place on earth?

4. What was the occupation of the majority of Irish immigrants in the 19th century?

5. When did Italy unite under one government?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "amoral familism"?

2. How were the Irish immigrants of the 19th century stereotyped?

3. What was unusual about German migration patterns in the 20th century?

4. What was a redemptioner?

5. What Jewish patterns in Europe became important to their success in America?

6. In what ways were slaves better off than the 19th century Irish immigrants?

7. How had the Jews historically been treated in Europe?

8. Why were the Jews a more diverse group than other immigrant groups?

9. What factors contributed to Irish immigrant workers' lack of initiative?

10. Who are the Pennsylvania Dutch?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sowell contends that looking for causes and effects in history is very different than looking for justification or condemnation. In your essay, examine the differences between the two approaches to the same data.

Essay Topic 2

In your essay, address the following questions: What is stereotyping? Where does the image of the drunken, brawling Irishman or the knife-wielding Mafioso become a stereotype? What's wrong with stereotyping? Why do we stereotype others? Are stereotypical images without factual bases?

Essay Topic 3

In an essay, analyze how the various methods of available transportation have affected who was able to immigrate, where they were able to land, and what work they were able to undertake upon arrival.

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