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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. What did dustmen do?
(a) Kept the noble's carriages clean.
(b) Cleaned out chimneys.
(c) Hauled off the coal dust and ashes.
(d) Dusted the store fronts.

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

3. What is an example of a mutual aid society?
(a) Costermen.
(b) Star Alliance.
(c) Foresters.
(d) Old Relics.

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

5. What happened to the man after he was injured?
(a) He was almost blind.
(b) One leg was amputated.
(c) He dragged one leg.
(d) One arm was was amputated.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of gambling was most popular with costers?

2. What percentage of people earning their living on the streets were vendors?

3. How often did chimney sweeps bathe in times earlier than that of Mayhew?

4. What was the name of the vaudeville show costers enjoyed?

5. What were the two usual reasons customers bought from patterers?

Short Essay Questions

1. About how much coal was used in London in a year and who was responsible for cleaning the aftermath of coal use?

2. What was the usual marriage and family situations like with costermongers?

3. What did bolder boys do with coal barges, how was this viewed and what could happen to the boys? How did the boys feel about jail?

4. What were the largest group of London street people and what did they do for a living?

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

6. Where did orphan or runaway coster children live and how did they get money?

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

8. Where did most costermongers and their families live

9. Who were generally managers of lodging houses and what happened to a child who did not have the money for lodging?

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

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