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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to the man after he was injured?

2. How did many musician patterers support themselves?

3. Which group in London dominated wholesale trading?

4. Who were the forerunners to doormen?

5. From what ailment did Mayhew say all skilled laborers suffered?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the various ways to earn a living cataloged and what types of workers existed in England?

2. Who did Halliday say were swindlers?

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

4. How did cab drivers obtain their cabs, how many hours did they work, and what did they sometimes do to mitigate their long hours?

5. How many visits were done by the London City Mission and what were the results of those visits?

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

7. What kind of education did many of the street folk have, what types of families did many of them come from and how did many of them start out?

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

9. Who hired dustmen and how did they do their work?

10. What was the difference between a conductor and other street people?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Due to competition, the photographer had to offer portraits for a half-penny, an impossibly low price. To bolster earnings, he either lured people into buying a more expensive photo, or sold them bogus products like a "Patent American Air Preserver" that was actually just scrap paper.

1. After reading this photographer's story would you consider him to be of low moral character? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Explain why this photographer's actions demonstrates the validity of the cliche: buyer beware. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you believe it is the responsibility of the seller of a goods to make certain the goods are worth the selling price or it is the responsibility of the buyer to decide that? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Mayhew portrayed the Jewish traders as seldom being drinkers or gamblers, but having an extreme love of money and an unquenchable thirst for speculation in any commodity.

1. Do you think the fact that the Jewish immigrants were usually not drinkers or gamblers might account for some of the Jewish financial success? Explain your answer using examples from the text and your own life.

2. Explain what you might think Mayhew's feelings towards Jews might be from the above statement. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss ways in which "extreme love of money" might manifest in a person's life. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Mayhew made sweeping generalizations about the different types of street people, and often relied on stereotypes. For example, he claimed that all blind musicians were highly religious while all "mechanics" or skilled laborers were melancholy, suffering from chronic depression.

1. Refute or defend the following statement: Stereotypes about people are generally true. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. How do you think stereotyping or generalization in research can affect the results of research? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. The only statement that can be true about a research population is if that population consist of only one person. Discuss this statement in view of Mayhew's tendency to stereotype groups of individuals.

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