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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 did Mayhew say was the reason people from wealthier families became patterers?

2. What did the crossing sweep who Mayhew interviewed work at before finding an open intersection?

3. What did Mayhew say all blind musicians had in common?

4. How did wholesale suppliers cheat costers?

5. What did dustmen do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Who did Halliday say were swindlers?

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

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

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

8. What does Mayhew say someone who is unable to work must do and how does he feel about those able to work who won't?

9. How prevalent was theft, where did it often occur and how did a thief make money on stolen goods?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Unlike costermongers, crossing sweepers and mudlarks, who were almost destitute, street entertainers seemed motivated partly by ego, by the urge to perform before an audience.

1. Explain how the desire to have people see a person perform could motivate that person to give up a good home to obtain that desire. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss what you would do if you had to choose between performing a song you were very good at before 1000 people for no money or performing that song before two people and being paid.

3. Do you think a person should choose a career she/he is interested in but receives poor compensation or choose a career that makes more money but does not interest the person? Why or why not?

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

The city of London used 3.5 million tons of coal each year and generated millions of tons of ash and soot. Dustmen were hired to haul off the ashes and dust, as well as haul away garbage and keep the streets clean.

1. Do you think London at this time might have been more polluted than modern cities? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss how you think the quality of the air in London in this era might have affected people's lives. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss, in depth, the ways in which a dustman's life and health would have been affected by the job. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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