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The Victorian Underworld

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The Victorian Underworld game quiz
"The Victorian era was a confident, dynamic time - but there was a shadowy side away from the bright lights and technical innovations."

15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit  



1. Victorian slums were notoriously dark, dangerous, overcrowded and often ill smelling places. Some of the older ones were given a nickname:
    Slummies
    Rookeries
    The Leytons
    Crime warrens


2. A fiercely inward looking community, these people were notable for their flash way of dressing (when business was good) but their livelihood was dependent on many variables - the weather, the availability of stock (they sold whatever was plentiful at any given time) and whether their barrow had been confiscated by the police.
    Costers/Costermongers
    Courtesans
    Dippers/Buzzers
    Boxers


3. What is a 'bawdy house'?
    A large family's home
    A theatre
    A brothel
    A boxing club


4. This group of travelling labourers had a fearsome, tough reputation. However, they were crucial in the development of the railways (and before that, the canals). What were they called?
    Navvies
    Trackrail UK Limited
    Navies
    Railway layers


5. There was one crime which was commonly dominated by children due to their deftness. If they were able to keep the skill and dexterity necessary, when they grew up they could be one of the 'swell mob'.
    Pickpocketing
    Begging
    Footpadding
    Fencing


6. Illegal bare-knuckle prize fights could, despite their illegal status, attract crowds of well over 10,000 people.
    True
    False


7. What was a cracksman?
    Drug dealer
    Pickpocket
    Mugger
    Burglar


8. Houses of assignation were found in cities. These were places where lovers could meet away from the prying eyes of society - or indeed away from their own spouses.
    True
    False


9. What did (1) coiners, (2) bulk-dealers and (3) smashers do?
    (1) Melt down coins, (2) Sell the melted metal, (3) Make trinkets using the old coin metal
    (1) Forge coins, (2) Sell big ships, (3) Hit things
    (1) Think of witticisms, (2) Act as coiners' literary agents, (3) Critics
    (1) Forge coins, (2) Pass the forged coins ready for distribution, (3) Get the coins into general circulation


10. Begging was prevalent in Victorian times due to the lack of any support system/welfare state for the poor. One common way of collecting a crowd to deliver the begging spiel to, was to pretend to collapse in a fit. What was used to create the foaming at the mouth effect?
    Mr Matey
    Soap
    Sherbert
    Lard


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Compiled Jun 28 12