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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. In "Air," what was a common misconception about air pollution?
(a) That it cured ailments.
(b) That it attracted business.
(c) That it helped horticulture.
(d) That it created envy in nations overseas.

2. In the time after the Civil War, humans generated an amazing amount of:
(a) Ingenuity.
(b) Offspring.
(c) Textiles.
(d) Trash.

3. What major problem did window screening help with in the late 1800s?
(a) Light control.
(b) Privacy.
(c) Drafts.
(d) Insects.

4. What did overpopulation in the big cities mean for the tenants in the late 1800s?
(a) A lack of food.
(b) Only very small accomodations were available.
(c) A housing shortage.
(d) Families often had to split up.

5. Why did farmers in the 1880s have to mortgage their land?
(a) No crops.
(b) Drought.
(c) Debt.
(d) Pestilence.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the main cause of lung irritation, vomiting and sickness for people in the large cities in the early 19th century?

2. What was the biggest safety threat in the vertical apartments in the late 1800s?

3. In the late 1800s, who was it that posed a threat to those on the frontier and instilled a sense of fear?

4. In large cities in the late 1800s, what animals created massive amounts of pollution problems?

5. In what year was the electric trolley car introduced?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What made the popular brownstone a stuffy and hazardous place to live for it's occupants?

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

4. In the era after the Civil War, what was a major cause of the hideous traffic problems in the large American cities like New York?

5. What was pollution misunderstood to be in the time after the Civil War?

6. How does author Otto Bettman attempt to shatter the misconception of this era, and what is the result?

7. Who constructed the first apartment building, and why was it created?

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

9. How did landlords take unfair advantage of their tenants in the late 19th century?

10. Was the fare for streetcars affordable to the working-class?

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