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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 a publisher who Mayhew knew do for the boy who talked to Mayhew?

2. What did few adult Jews seldom work as?

3. On what day of the week were regular customers allowed to stay free in some lodging houses?

4. What type of modern store did costermongers fill in 1800s London?

5. Where did the dust men take the debris?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the story Mayhew wrote about a Cheap Jack?

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

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

4. How did dustmen and mudlarks help each other?

5. What were some of the circumstances in the better lodging houses for the street people?

6. What did the patterers do who could be classified as entertainers?

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

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

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

10. How did crossing sweeps earn a living?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The city of London used 3.5 million tons of coal each year and generated millions of tons of ash and soot. Dustmen were hired to haul off the ashes and dust, as well as haul away garbage and keep the streets clean.

1. Do you think London at this time might have been more polluted than modern cities? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss how you think the quality of the air in London in this era might have affected people's lives. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss, in depth, the ways in which a dustman's life and health would have been affected by the job. 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 states that the necessity of finding food separates animals from plants. Humans also must work for a living. Someone who is physically or mentally unable to work must rely on others, or on charity.

1. Discuss what you think separates animals from plants that are different from what Mayhew has said. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think all humans should have to work for a living? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. What types of obligations do you think society has towards the physically or mentally handicapped? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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