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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. On what did coster children often waste their money?
(a) Sweets.
(b) Betting.
(c) Cigarettes.
(d) Beer.

2. Why did some young costers commit petty crimes?
(a) They were angry at the government.
(b) For the thrill of it.
(c) For a place to sleep and food to eat.
(d) To make a name for themselves.

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

4. What did many children do about food in the worse lodging houses?
(a) Did not eat.
(b) Went through the garbage piles.
(c) Beg from other renters.
(d) Steal meat, bacon or potatoes.

5. Why did some costermonger parents require their children to work?
(a) To make the parents' life easier.
(b) To keep them out of the army.
(c) To contribute to family income.
(d) To build their character.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mayhew seem to believe about certain occupations?

2. What kind of selling required the most capital and equipment?

3. How did many musician patterers support themselves?

4. Who worked for very low wages in the hopes of finding something to sell?

5. What did the city of London use several tons of per year?

Short Essay Questions

1. How much education did most costermongers have and what was the general extent of their intellectual abilities?

2. Where did most costermongers and their families live

3. What was the story Mayhew told about a crossing sweep from Dublin?

4. How honest were costers' suppliers and how did the costers deal with dishonesty?

5. What caused a class hierarchy in immigrants in London?

6. Describe the facilities that were opened between 1847 and 1849 that caused the chimney sweeps to wash more often.

7. What were the general appearance of chimney sweeps and who most often worked in this type of work and why did they?

8. How did the costermongers obtain their merchandise and what were the circumstances for borrowing?

9. What are the six categories the author separated the London street people into and how did these street people generally earn their living?

10. What modern institutions did Costermongers fill in the 1800's London and what are some of the merchandise they sold? What did the more intelligent costers do?

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