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

2. Why were ferry accidents in the late 1800s common?
(a) Hidden rocks were a constant threat.
(b) The ferries were overcrowded.
(c) With no radar, they often collided in the fog.
(d) The captains were inept.

3. According to Bettmann in "Crime," what higher-level organizations were just as corrupted as the police?
(a) FBI.
(b) SWAT.
(c) City politics.
(d) The senate.

4. How did prostitution rings prosper in New York in the late 1800s?
(a) They were largely ignored.
(b) Under "police protection."
(c) They were entirely underground.
(d) They had legitimate businesses as "fronts."

5. In 1890, how many prostitutes were estimated to be living in New York City?
(a) 40,000.
(b) 10,000.
(c) 5,000.
(d) 25,000.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was a huge problem for city schools in the post Civil War era?

2. According to Bettmann in "Travel," what was often the result of an open-window train car?

3. According to Bettmann, what was the homemade frontier liquor made from?

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

5. What was Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of education did blacks receive during the post Civil War era?

2. In the late 1800s, why were the police not much help in the fight against crime?

3. What were the ventilation problems associated with train travel in the late 19th century?

4. How did alcohol affect families on the frontier?

5. What was the extent of the prostitution industry in New York City in the late 19th century?

6. In the late 19th century, how did ocean liner travel exemplify the differences in travel for the rich and travel for the poor?

7. In the late 1800s, what was the most effective way to fight diseases coming to America by ship?

8. Why were many young men suspicious of and disrespectful of the law in the post Civil War era?

9. How did the lack of medical advances affect the population of the post Civil War era?

10. How did city politicians add to the crime problem?

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