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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 does Mayhew say about the photographer's business?
2. What would the street clown prefer to do than being a clown?
3. What group did the magician join to get away from home?
4. What does the author say happens to a young girl lured away from home?
5. What does Mayhew say about the education of street folk?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was an ongoing problem for the company from conductors and how did the bus companies combat that problem?
2. How prevalent was theft, where did it often occur and how did a thief make money on stolen goods?
3. 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?
4. What did the people Mayhew called "Punch" do?
5. What was describe that was similar to modern crack houses, what were they like? What happened to the girl the author wrote about who was lured from home?
6. How many prostitutes were there in London?
7. What was the photographer's business like according to Mayhew?
8. Who was the magician Mayhew interviewed and how did he become a magician?
9. 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?
10. How did cab drivers obtain their cabs, how many hours did they work, and what did they sometimes do to mitigate their long hours?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Mayhew portrayed the Jewish traders as seldom being drinkers or gamblers, but having an extreme love of money and an unquenchable thirst for speculation in any commodity.
1. Do you think the fact that the Jewish immigrants were usually not drinkers or gamblers might account for some of the Jewish financial success? Explain your answer using examples from the text and your own life.
2. Explain what you might think Mayhew's feelings towards Jews might be from the above statement. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. Discuss ways in which "extreme love of money" might manifest in a person's life. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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