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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How did many musician patterers support themselves?
(a) Selling personalized songs.
(b) Singing for noble houses.
(c) Selling sheet music.
(d) Making musical instruments.

3. What was the most common tasks for which costers used math?
(a) Betting on the horse races.
(b) Figuring their profits.
(c) Most costers did not know how to do math.
(d) Figuring the weights and measurements of their instruments.

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

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

6. What happened that people started bathing more often?
(a) A law forcing everyone to bath at least once a month.
(b) The rise of public baths.
(c) A law forcing everyone to bath at least once a week.
(d) Charity organizations opening more and offering free baths.

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

8. What does Mayhew seem to believe about certain occupations?
(a) They are fit only for the most unworthy of men.
(b) They are hereditary rather than learned.
(c) They are a great shame to perform.
(d) They are noble occupations.

9. What kind of education did most costermongers have?
(a) Many could read, write and speak a foreign language.
(b) They have to go up to sixth grade in public school.
(c) Most went through eight years of public school.
(d) Very little or none.

10. What did Ragmen do?
(a) Washed windows with rags.
(b) Washed carriages with rags.
(c) Play various instruments on street corners.
(d) Wandered the streets buying used clothing.

11. What did a publisher who Mayhew knew do for the boy who talked to Mayhew?
(a) Give him odd jobs occasionally.
(b) Adopted him.
(c) Helped him get an apprenticeship.
(d) Sent him to America.

12. How often did chimney sweeps bathe in times earlier than that of Mayhew?
(a) Everyday.
(b) Twice a week.
(c) Seldom.
(d) Never.

13. On what day of the week were regular customers allowed to stay free in some lodging houses?
(a) Friday.
(b) Sunday.
(c) Saturday.
(d) Wednesday.

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

15. Who most often hosted lodging houses?
(a) There was no host.
(b) Soldiers.
(c) Men.
(d) Women.

Short Answer Questions

1. Into what kind of fund did residents of better lodging houses pay?

2. What was a huckster who sold hardware at a fair called?

3. What happened when Mike's father died?

4. What happened if a coster child didn't have the money to pay for lodging?

5. How did coster runaway children usually support themselves?

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