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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. How does Mayhew describe the Punch and Judy show?
2. To what may the discrepancy between the police estimate and Bishop Ryan's estimate be attributed?
3. What motivated the clown to continue working?
4. What did the photographic man do before this job?
5. Who does Mayhew say are well paid compared to others profiled in the book?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did the fire eater Mayhew interviewed become one and what was his early life like?
2. What did bus drivers own, what did they do and what other work had many of them done? How often did they work and what did their work prevent?
3. What did the people Mayhew called "Punch" do?
4. What was an ongoing problem for the company from conductors and how did the bus companies combat that problem?
5. Who did Mayhew call street folk?
6. What did conductors do and how did they get paid? What kind of person might become a conductor?
7. 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?
8. What was pornography and why did it become illegal in London?
9. What was an example of a male prostitute the author gave?
10. Why did the author say "Dolly shops" were suspect?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Vagrants were those who loitered in the streets with no work or occupation. Mayhew described them as, "Youths, prostitutes, Irish families and professional beggars." Many were young men between 12 and 20 years old, whom Mayhew described as budding criminals.
1. How does Mayhew's statement about vagrants demonstrate his tendency to generalize groups of people. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
2. Do you think all vagrants were budding criminals? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. Why do you think Mayhew specifically mentions Irish families in his writing about vagrants and budding criminals? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
One magician worked as an errand boy for four years until at 14 he began to sell oranges outside a theater. From there he went to selling beer inside the theater, to being an extra on stage, to acting at the age of 15. After the show closed, he worked as the doorkeeper until the owner mentioned an opening for a magician. With no knowledge, skill or experience, he volunteered for this position.
1. Discuss the strengths this magician would have had to have worked into the position of magician. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
2. In reading of this magician's life do you think perseverance or talent was more important? Why? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. In view of the versatility this magician demonstrated in his variety of jobs do you think it is possible Mayhew underestimated the will and intelligence of many of the London street people? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
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