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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is Mayhew's agenda for this book? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think Mayhew's research methods were valid? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. What do you think Mayhew could have done to produce a better book? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Mayhew decried the fact that many couples in this group were unmarried, living in sin according to his beliefs. He reluctantly noted that despite the lack of a church ceremony, most were faithful to their mates and did their best to support their children.

1. Discuss the reasons that costermonger couples might not marry. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss, in depth, what you think the fact that couples without a church marriage ceremony were faithful to each other, implies about church sanctioned marriage. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Mayhew was reluctant to admit that unmarried couples were often monogamous and took care of their children. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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