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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What work did an ancient stove require on the frontier?
(a) Use of hard to find coals.
(b) Maintaining the stovepipe.
(c) Constant feeding of wood.
(d) Scrubbing the inside of the stove.

2. Wind as well as the heat of summer exacerbated what problem in the large cities after the Civil War?
(a) The health problems of the animals.
(b) The dark smoke emitting from the factories.
(c) The constant putrid stench.
(d) Overcrowding.

3. The air quality in homes was dangerous in the late 1800s because of:
(a) Sewer gas from primitive drainage systems.
(b) The smog would get trapped inside.
(c) Animals that were kept indoors.
(d) High temperatures from the heat outside.

4. Traffic in the large American cities in the late 1800s was:
(a) Not too bad if you had a map.
(b) Easy.
(c) Horrendous.
(d) Light.

5. What was the biggest safety threat in the vertical apartments in the late 1800s?
(a) Lead poisoning.
(b) Earthquakes.
(c) Fire.
(d) Unsafe water.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what decade was window screening introduced?

2. Women on the frontier in the late 1800s also endured the hard work of what daily chore?

3. In the late 19th century on the frontier, what was a child's formal education considered to be?

4. According to the chapter "Work," what was a typical work week in the late 1800s?

5. Providing the reader with a truer understanding of the late 1800s, Bettmann demonstrated:

Short Essay Questions

1. How did winter pose a health hazard on the frontier?

2. Which animals were a big contribution to air pollution in large cities like New York in the late 19th century?

3. How did housing reveal the contrast between the rich and the poor in the late 1800s?

4. Why was child labor so common in the late 1800s?

5. What were some of the back-breaking laborious chores that frontier women had to endure?

6. In the late 1800s, were strikes an effective way to handle grievances by workers?

7. What was the area in New York that was the worst air pollution offender in the late 19th century?

8. How did railroads contribute to the pollution and danger for many cities?

9. How did many young people in the late 1800s react to seeing the laborious life their parents led?

10. What was the most famous sewing-related sweatshop in New York?

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