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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How are Irish families described by Mayhew?
(a) As the unfortunate recipients of unwarranted prejudice.
(b) As sloe-eyed teetotalers.
(c) As filthy, diseased, lazy but grateful beggars.
(d) As drunken oafs.

2. What does the author say beggars often spent considerable amounts of money buying?
(a) Costumes.
(b) Lamb.
(c) Women.
(d) Wine.

3. How did most street folk learn their trade?
(a) At special art schools.
(b) From their parents.
(c) As apprentices.
(d) Mostly self taught.

4. What were the street folk families like?
(a) They were often families that worked at the lowest echelons of society, such as chimney sweeps.
(b) Often comfortable financially or even wealthy.
(c) They pretty much ran the gamut, but generally very poor.
(d) Most of them do not even know who their parents are.

5. What does Mayhew say humans must do?
(a) Be good stewards of the animal kingdom.
(b) Be good stewards of the plant kingdom.
(c) Work for a living.
(d) Help one another.

6. How many prostitutes did the police estimate work in London?
(a) 15,000.
(b) 18-25,000.
(c) 7-8000.
(d) 2-3000.

7. What did 307 poor people do for the first time?
(a) Talked to a Priest.
(b) Learned to read.
(c) Found a job.
(d) Attended church.

8. What did Hemyng say about the French woman?
(a) She lost her husband and children when he learned of her work.
(b) She was scarred forever by the disease of syphillis.
(c) She sold herself to support her and her husband with his knowledge.
(d) She was raped and murdered by a client.

9. What group did the magician join to get away from home?
(a) The Circ Ole.
(b) The Greenwich Fair.
(c) The P.T. Barnum European Circus.
(d) The Londondarry Circus.

10. What happened to the young girl lured from home?
(a) She managed to escape and seeks refuge in a church.
(b) She quickly died of veneral disease.
(c) She encountered Hemyng who rescues her.
(d) She was never heard from again.

11. How many men were employed in Great Britain at the time of the writing of this book?
(a) About 5.25 million.
(b) About 500,000.
(c) About 8 million.
(d) About 1.2 million.

12. How many paupers, prisoners and lunatics does he cite?
(a) 1500.
(b) 15,000
(c) He has no idea.
(d) 200,000.

13. What were buskers?
(a) People who are only temporarily homeless and perfectly sane.
(b) People who are insane but harmless.
(c) Street performers.
(d) People who hawk wares.

14. How does Mayhew describe the Punch and Judy show?
(a) As a farcical tragedy.
(b) As a serious morals tale.
(c) He does not give it a description.
(d) As a sentimental, comic, tragic two-act play.

15. Where was the convicted thief who was interviewed born?
(a) Sussex.
(b) A gypsy camp.
(c) Belgium.
(d) Paris.

Short Answer Questions

1. For whom did the street clown work for before becoming a clown?

2. How many civil servants does he cite?

3. What did a 19-year-old newspaper printer like?

4. In what field did many performers get their start?

5. What were most common in Whitechapel, Shadwell, Spitalfields?

(see the answer keys)

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