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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. What happened to the man after he was injured?

2. How did many musician patterers support themselves?

3. Which group in London dominated wholesale trading?

4. Who were the forerunners to doormen?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the various ways to earn a living cataloged and what types of workers existed in England?

2. Who did Halliday say were swindlers?

3. Describe the facilities that were opened between 1847 and 1849 that caused the chimney sweeps to wash more often.

4. How did cab drivers obtain their cabs, how many hours did they work, and what did they sometimes do to mitigate their long hours?

5. How many visits were done by the London City Mission and what were the results of those visits?

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

7. What kind of education did many of the street folk have, what types of families did many of them come from and how did many of them start out?

8. What caused a class hierarchy in immigrants in London?

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

10. What was the difference between a conductor and other street people?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Mayhew states that the necessity of finding food separates animals from plants. Humans also must work for a living. Someone who is physically or mentally unable to work must rely on others, or on charity.

1. Discuss what you think separates animals from plants that are different from what Mayhew has said. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think all humans should have to work for a living? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. What types of obligations do you think society has towards the physically or mentally handicapped? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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