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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 kind of low lodging house segregated the renters by sex?

2. Where did a coster sleep if sales were bad?

3. Where did the dust men take the debris?

4. What happened when Mike's father died?

5. What kind of education did most costermongers have?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who were generally managers of lodging houses and what happened to a child who did not have the money for lodging?

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

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

5. How did Jewish traders survive in London and how does Mayhew portray the Jewish traders?

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

7. What area of trade did the Jewish traders dominant and what did Ragmen do?

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

9. What types of generalizations did Mayhew make about the London street people and how did this reflect Victorian thinking on industrialization?

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

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 2

Mayhew decried the fact that many couples in this group were unmarried, living in sin according to his beliefs. He reluctantly noted that despite the lack of a church ceremony, most were faithful to their mates and did their best to support their children.

1. Discuss the reasons that costermonger couples might not marry. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss, in depth, what you think the fact that couples without a church marriage ceremony were faithful to each other, implies about church sanctioned marriage. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Mayhew was reluctant to admit that unmarried couples were often monogamous and took care of their children. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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