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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 is an example of a mutual aid society?

2. To whom did some merchants loan stock at no cost?

3. How did the renters of low lodging houses eat?

4. Who often became chimney sweepers?

5. What did many children do about food in the worse lodging houses?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What types of generalizations did Mayhew make about the London street people and how did this reflect Victorian thinking on industrialization?

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. How did dustmen and mudlarks help each other?

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

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

10. Who normally held a crossing sweep position and how was that job viewed? How did the crossing sweep have to eat sometimes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Do you think the prejudice and stereotyping of poor people still exist today? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you believe the government has an obligation to ensure that all citizens have a certain minimal level of existence? Why or why not?

3. How do you think Mayhew's religious beliefs affected his research? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The London City Mission was a group of missionaries of various denominations paid to go door-to-door and read scripture, try to convert residents to Christianity and to encourage residents, especially the poor, to attend church. From 1.8 million home visits 307 poor people attending church for the first time, 3,500 being baptized and 48 persons who were living in sin deciding to marry their partners.

1. Do you think the results the London City Mission had was very poor considering the number of home visits that were done? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. What do you think the results of the London City Mission indicates about the poor in London at this time? Discuss the reasons in depth. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Given the amount of time, work hours and effort the London City Mission put into their efforts what do you think they could have done for the poor of London with the same resources that might have helped the people? Do you think they should have done that? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Mike joined a gang of crossing sweeper youths. They tumbled together and worked sweeping an intersection together. Each kept his own tips, but they prepared meals together and rented a room together in a low lodging house. When there was not enough money for a room, they slept under the arched stone doorway of a church.

1. What were the advantages of youths working together? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. What were the disadvantages of youths working together?Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss in what ways a youth gang as above would be considered a family unit. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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