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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. Into what kind of fund did residents of better lodging houses pay?

2. Who was Mike?

3. What did some of the boys do to earn tips while serving as crossing sweeps?

4. What did the city of London use several tons of per year?

5. What were costermongers called who carried their wares on their backs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Where did most costermongers and their families live

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

10. What were the largest group of London street people and what did they do for a living?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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