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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. Who usually watched Jewish girls who peddled fruit?

2. How often did chimney sweeps bathe in times earlier than that of Mayhew?

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

4. What did the two orphan girls whose story Mayhew told sell?

5. What happened to the man after he was injured?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Where did most costermongers and their families live

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. How did dustmen and mudlarks help each other?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mayhew seems to genuinely believe that certain occupations like mudlark or dustman are hereditary, rather than learned.

1. Discuss why you think Mayhew was wrong or right in his belief about the occupations being hereditary. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss how Mayhew's belief of lower level occupations being hereditary shows prejudice towards his research subjects. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. How do you think Mayhew's prejudices affected his ability to research the lives of the mudlarks or dustmen? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Mike joined a gang of crossing sweeper youths. They tumbled together and worked sweeping an intersection together. Each kept his own tips, but they prepared meals together and rented a room together in a low lodging house. When there was not enough money for a room, they slept under the arched stone doorway of a church.

1. What were the advantages of youths working together? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. What were the disadvantages of youths working together?Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss in what ways a youth gang as above would be considered a family unit. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The emaciated, depressed man with sunken eyes and wrinkles had worked as a clown for 16 years. He would prefer to be a groom or a police officer, anything except a clown. However, now that he had a wife and children to support, he clowned from 8 am to dark every day for 6 shillings per week. Ashamed, he hid his occupation from the neighbors.

1. Discuss the symptoms of depression you think is evident in this clown's story. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. How would being ashamed of a person's occupation affect the quality of his or her life? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss the ways in which this clown could be considered courageous for persisting in a job that he hated and was ashamed of for the benefit of his wife and children. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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