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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. From what ailment did Mayhew say all skilled laborers suffered?

2. What occasionally happened to one of the bolder boys?

3. How did Mike manage to live?

4. How did many musician patterers support themselves?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who normally held a crossing sweep position and how was that job viewed? How did the crossing sweep have to eat sometimes?

2. 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?

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

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 did the costermongers obtain their merchandise and what were the circumstances for borrowing?

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

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

8. What were the general appearance of chimney sweeps and who most often worked in this type of work and why did they?

9. What did mudlarks do and how did they bathe?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Unlike costermongers, crossing sweepers and mudlarks, who were almost destitute, street entertainers seemed motivated partly by ego, by the urge to perform before an audience.

1. Explain how the desire to have people see a person perform could motivate that person to give up a good home to obtain that desire. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss what you would do if you had to choose between performing a song you were very good at before 1000 people for no money or performing that song before two people and being paid.

3. Do you think a person should choose a career she/he is interested in but receives poor compensation or choose a career that makes more money but does not interest the person? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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