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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 when Mike's father died?

2. Who did not usually bother to wash up even before eating or sleeping?

3. Why did some of these low-end workers go into the business?

4. What did one of the young thieves who belonged to a gang tell Mayhew?

5. What does Mayhew say the Jewish traders seldom were?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How honest were costers' suppliers and how did the costers deal with dishonesty?

3. What were some of the positive aspects of being a costermonger?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is Mayhew's agenda for this book? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think Mayhew's research methods were valid? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. What do you think Mayhew could have done to produce a better book? 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

Recent immigrants look down on the newly arrived, especially if there is a difference in race, nationality or religion. This is illustrated in Mayhew's attitude towards the Jewish residents, and their mutual disdain for recent Irish immigrants.

1. What emotional motivations might be given for recent immigrants to look down on newly arrived immigrants? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. What financial motivations might be given for recent immigrants to look down on newly arrived immigrants? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss some ways in which the prejudice of one nationality or religion against another might be ended. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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