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Otto Bettmann
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was a chief problem of the lower decks of an ocean liner?
(a) Lack of proper ventilation.
(b) Leaks.
(c) Not enough beds.
(d) Improper lighting.

2. What could the Pullman sleeping car in the late 19th century be compared to?
(a) The luxuries of an ocean liner.
(b) Sleeping in a cattle car.
(c) Sleeping in a sardine can.
(d) Sleeping standing up.

3. What was Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall?
(a) A corrupt political crime ring.
(b) An infamous night club known for illegal trafficking.
(c) A country-western song.
(d) Two famous New York cops.

4. Disease and sickness on the ocean liners caused them to be nicknamed:
(a) "Floating coffins."
(b) "Hospital ships."
(c) "Dead man's ships."
(d) "Funeral ships."

5. Why did meat deteriorate so quickly in the late 1800s?
(a) It was left to hang outdoors.
(b) It was injected with coloring dye.
(c) The cows were poorly fed.
(d) It was injected with hormones.

6. How were medical advances defined during the Victorian period?
(a) They did not keep pace with technological advances.
(b) They were considered a boom during this time.
(c) Medical advances were few but very helpful.
(d) Medical breakthroughs were common.

7. On the frontier in the late 1800s, what was the homemade liquor called?
(a) Mash.
(b) Mulch.
(c) Swine.
(d) Swill.

8. According to Bettmann in "Food and Drink," in what condition were the cows when they arrived at the slaughterhouse?
(a) Starved and sickly.
(b) Fattened up by feed.
(c) Fattened up by steroids.
(d) Tainted with disease.

9. What phrase describes medical colleges of the late 19th century?
(a) Under-staffed.
(b) Ivy-League schools.
(c) Under-educated.
(d) Diploma-mills.

10. Who managed the insane asylums of the late 1800s?
(a) The state.
(b) Prison guards.
(c) Religious institutions.
(d) Certified professionals.

11. How long did a typical rural school year last in the late 19th century?
(a) Nine months.
(b) Twelve months.
(c) Ten months.
(d) Only a few months.

12. According to Bettmann in "Crime," who was treated the worst in the prison system?
(a) Italians.
(b) Jews.
(c) Murderers.
(d) Blacks.

13. In the late 19th century, how did families deal with members who had mental illnesses?
(a) They took them for treatment.
(b) They had them sent away.
(c) They drugged them.
(d) They hid them.

14. How did parents in the late 1800s react to teachers using necessary classroom discipline?
(a) They encouraged it.
(b) They began to educate their own children.
(c) They withdrew their children from school.
(d) They fought against it.

15. Surprisingly, who usually had no knowledge of health or medicine in the late 19th century?
(a) Public health officials.
(b) Emmigrants from Europe.
(c) Clinic doctors.
(d) Midwives.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the cities in the late 1800s, what did the public health officials do to help stop disease?

2. Between 1860 and 1890, how much did the crime rate go up?

3. What happened in a famous case in 1870 involving students and their teacher?

4. In the late 1800s, how did the poor immigrants cross the ocean?

5. How did the teachers in the late 1800s fight the lack of discipline with the students?

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