The Good Old Days--they Were Terrible! Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Otto Bettmann
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why did tenants in the late 1800s have such big problems when it came to housing in the big cities?

3. Due to a lack of a sanitation department in the late 1800s, many streets in the large American cities were lined with what?

4. In what decade was window screening introduced?

5. What problem did profit motives lead to for street car riders in the late 1800s?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the El Train, and what was it's purpose when it was introduced in 1868?

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

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

4. How did the apartments of the late 1800s often turn into death traps for its occupants?

5. What was the worst sweatshop industry for the health of the employees?

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

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

8. What was New York's shantytown, and who lived there in the late 19th century?

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

10. According to Bettmann in "Work," where were the most dangerous places to work in the cities?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast classroom discipline of the late 1800s with classroom discipline of today. How do/did teachers control their students?

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the labor force was treated or thought of by the rich industrialists in the post Civil War era. Were they valued as people with needs, families, etc., or treated differently? Provide examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Looking back to the late 1800s, it's hard to believe how unsafe and unjust living in America could be. Yet we can also see that the American government, with its regulations and programs really brought America into a safer world with things like the FDA, housing regulations, etc. How would you argue these benefits with someone who think all forms of government infringement is bad or wrong? Provide examples of how the government has helped America to become a stronger and safer place.

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