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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. Which group in London dominated wholesale trading?
2. What did the children who were put in jail think of the experience?
3. What does Mayhew say the Jewish traders seldom were?
4. Who were the forerunners to doormen?
5. What happened that people started bathing more often?
Short Essay Questions
1. What were some of the circumstances in the better lodging houses for the street people?
2. How did dustmen and mudlarks help each other?
3. How did the costermongers obtain their merchandise and what were the circumstances for borrowing?
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. How honest were costers' suppliers and how did the costers deal with dishonesty?
6. How did some crossing sweep get permanent jobs and why were they given the jobs?
7. What was the usual marriage and family situations like with costermongers?
8. What did mudlarks do and how did they bathe?
9. What area of trade did the Jewish traders dominant and what did Ragmen do?
10. What did bolder boys do with coal barges, how was this viewed and what could happen to the boys? How did the boys feel about jail?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Mayhew portrayed the Jewish traders as seldom being drinkers or gamblers, but having an extreme love of money and an unquenchable thirst for speculation in any commodity.
1. Do you think the fact that the Jewish immigrants were usually not drinkers or gamblers might account for some of the Jewish financial success? Explain your answer using examples from the text and your own life.
2. Explain what you might think Mayhew's feelings towards Jews might be from the above statement. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. Discuss ways in which "extreme love of money" might manifest in a person's life. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
One magician worked as an errand boy for four years until at 14 he began to sell oranges outside a theater. From there he went to selling beer inside the theater, to being an extra on stage, to acting at the age of 15. After the show closed, he worked as the doorkeeper until the owner mentioned an opening for a magician. With no knowledge, skill or experience, he volunteered for the position.
1. Discuss this magician's story in terms of the rag to riches stories which were prevalent in America in this era. (This answer may require some research). Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
2. Do you think this magician's story seems to suggest that anyone of the London poor could do better if they would just work at it? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. What might people in dire straits in modern America learn from this story? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
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