London Labour and the London Poor Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Altogether, what is the approximate number of women and children?

2. What were most common in Whitechapel, Shadwell, Spitalfields?

3. What were fences in the section by John Binny?

4. What did Hemyng define as prostitution?

5. What group does Mayhew include among street folk that seems out of place?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did cab drivers obtain their cabs, how many hours did they work, and what did they sometimes do to mitigate their long hours?

2. What did the people Mayhew called "Punch" do?

3. What was an example of a male prostitute the author gave?

4. What was the purpose of the mission?

5. Why was the clown Mayhew interviewed depressed and why was he a clown?

6. How many prostitutes were there in London?

7. 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?

8. What differentiated street folk from patterers?

9. What was an ongoing problem for the company from conductors and how did the bus companies combat that problem?

10. Why did the author say "Dolly shops" were suspect?

Essay Topics

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

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

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.

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