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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the most intelligent and well-to-do costers sell?
(a) Food and drink.
(b) Shoes.
(c) Hats and scarfs.
(d) Sewing goods.

2. How did the police sometimes help crossing sweeps?
(a) They looked down upon the crossing sweeps and would not help them.
(b) By recommending them for better jobs.
(c) By finding them odd jobs.
(d) By protecting their territory for them.

3. How did wholesale suppliers cheat costers?
(a) Adding hidden interest rates.
(b) Selling rotten produce or shortchanging them.
(c) Making the terms of sell difficult to understand.
(d) Holding the stock until it was sold and selling to two different costers.

4. Who in Mike's family eventually emigrated to America?
(a) His mother and her second husband.
(b) His older brother.
(c) His aunt.
(d) His sister and her husband.

5. What did crossing sweeps do?
(a) Went through the city cleaning all the public and church crosses.
(b) Swept the lantern cross pieces.
(c) Swept the street in front of a gentleman or lady as they were crossing it.
(d) Kept their assigned intersection clean.

6. What happened to many coster children if their parents thought they did not bring enough money home at night?
(a) They were beaten.
(b) They were killed.
(c) They were thrown out.
(d) They were sold into slavery.

7. What did shovelers do?
(a) Piled coal ash into heaps.
(b) Cleared the streets of snow.
(c) Picked up horse manure from the streets.
(d) Cleared the streets of leaves.

8. Who often undersold Jewish traders?
(a) No one.
(b) Irish traders.
(c) British traders.
(d) German traders.

9. What happened when Mike's father died?
(a) He was allowed to train as a policeman.
(b) His mother was cheated out of her house.
(c) His mother kicked him out of the house.
(d) He was given an apprenticeship as a footman.

10. What did the mutual aid societies do?
(a) Testify for them if they are being cheated.
(b) Protect their turf.
(c) Protect their equipment.
(d) Collect a small amount from each member to take care of them or their families if need be.

11. Which group in London dominated wholesale trading?
(a) Irish.
(b) Italian.
(c) French.
(d) Jewish.

12. What was another name for a patterer?
(a) Con artist.
(b) Riggers.
(c) Montebank.
(d) Speakeasy.

13. How did Mike manage to live?
(a) By pilfering from the marketplace.
(b) By joining a crossing sweep gang.
(c) His master with whom he apprenticed gave him room and board.
(d) By selling bits and pieces he'd find on the street.

14. Where did the dust men take the debris?
(a) They dumped it in huge piles.
(b) They took it to a huge dump outside the city.
(c) They dumped it in the Thames.
(d) They piled it up in vacant buildings.

15. How long had the crossing week Mayhew interviewed work as a crossing sweep at the time of the interview?
(a) A few months.
(b) 20 years.
(c) More than a decade.
(d) 30 years.

Short Answer Questions

1. What occasionally happened to one of the bolder boys?

2. What were costermongers called who carried their wares on their backs?

3. What were the low end lodging houses like?

4. How were vendors categorized by Mayhew?

5. What is one thing positive Mayhew says about crossing sweeps?

(see the answer keys)

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