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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. What were doctors on the frontier in the late 1800s thought to have been?
(a) Worthless quacks.
(b) Needed and appreciated.
(c) Better than nothing.
(d) Quality physicians.

2. Why were foods manipulated with foreign ingredients in the late 19th century?
(a) Because people were trying to make their money go further.
(b) Because real ingredients were scarce.
(c) To better the taste.
(d) For profit.

3. How did the teachers in the late 1800s fight the lack of discipline with the students?
(a) Lots of field trips.
(b) They segregated their classes by age.
(c) Corporal punishment.
(d) They refused to teach without help.

4. In the late 1800s, how did the poor immigrants cross the ocean?
(a) They worked on the ocean liners.
(b) They had to find passage on container ships.
(c) In the lower decks or "steerage" compartments.
(d) On small, unstable boats.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What prognosis did alcoholism usually carry in the late 19th century?

2. How were the prisoners in the prison system treated in the post Civil War era?

3. What was "bogus butter"?

4. In 1890, how many prostitutes were estimated to be living in New York City?

5. What phrase describes medical colleges of the late 19th century?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the late 19th century, how did the lack of a meat-packing industry affect the quality of meat that was available to the general public?

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

3. After the Civil War, how effective were the hospitals at helping the sick and infirm?

4. How was milk treated for consumers when it has been contaminated or spoiled?

5. Why were the some ocean liners nicknamed "fever ships" and "floating coffins"?

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

7. How were criminals treated in the prisons in the late 1800s?

8. What one food was the frontier diet staple?

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

10. In the late 1800s, why was the public pessimistic about the growing street crime in the cities?

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