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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. Where did a coster sleep if sales were bad?

2. How long had the crossing week Mayhew interviewed work as a crossing sweep at the time of the interview?

3. Who usually watched Jewish girls who peddled fruit?

4. Who worked for very low wages in the hopes of finding something to sell?

5. What did few adult Jews seldom work as?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did some crossing sweep get permanent jobs and why were they given the jobs?

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

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

5. Who were generally managers of lodging houses and what happened to a child who did not have the money for lodging?

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

7. How did crossing sweeps earn a living?

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

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

10. How did dustmen and mudlarks help each other?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

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