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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 did crossing sweeps do?

2. What did the children who were put in jail think of the experience?

3. Who in Mike's family eventually emigrated to America?

4. How were vendors categorized by Mayhew?

5. Where did the street people of London in the 1800s conduct their trade?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did some youths work a crossing sweep job and what other ways did they make money?

2. What were some of the positive aspects of being a costermonger?

3. Where did most costermongers and their families live

4. How much money did sifters make, what did they do and why did they do it?

5. How did Jewish traders survive in London and how does Mayhew portray the Jewish traders?

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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

Vagrants were those who loitered in the streets with no work or occupation. Mayhew described them as, "Youths, prostitutes, Irish families and professional beggars." Many were young men between 12 and 20 years old, whom Mayhew described as budding criminals.

1. How does Mayhew's statement about vagrants demonstrate his tendency to generalize groups of people. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think all vagrants were budding criminals? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Mayhew specifically mentions Irish families in his writing about vagrants and budding criminals? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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