Breaker Boys Matchgirls Newsies

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Questions on this quiz are based on information from
Breaker Boys Matchgirls Newsies.

1. Where did breaker boys work?
a. Tobacco farms
b. Steamships
c. Coal mines
d. Railroads
e. Construction

2. How many hours a week did the typical breaker boy work?
a. 10
b. 20
c. 40
d. 60
e. 100

3. How do you think the breaker boys got their nickname?
a. Because they broke so many bones working
b. Because they broke up pieces of coal
c. Because they worked the breaks on streetcars
d. Because they were always broke
e. Because they were good break dancers

4. Where did matchgirls work?
a. In matchstick factories
b. In clothing stores
c. As telephone operators
d. In restaurants
e. On dating websites

5. What dangerous chemical did matchgirls work with?
a. Chlorine
b. Cyanide
c. Fluoride
d. Nicotine
e. Phosphorous

6. What ailment did many matchgirls suffer from due to dangerous chemicals?
a. They lost their hair
b. They grew extremely tall
c. They lost their teeth
d. They got lung cancer
e. They became blind

7. True or False: Newsies were independent workers who ran their own businesses.

8. What job did Newsies do?
a. Wrote news stories
b. Interviewed politicians
c. Carried messages around town
d. Sold newspapers
e. All of the above

9. What type of people became Newsies?
a. Children
b. Orphans
c. Boys
d. Poor kids
e. All of the above

10. What was the name of the leader of the Newsies during their strike in 1899?
a. Patch
b. Kid Blink
c. Orphan Annie
d. Billy the Kid
e. King News

About this quiz: All the questions on this quiz are based on information that can be found on the Breaker Boys Matchgirls Newsies page at /history/us_1800s/breaker_boys_matchgirls_newsies.php.

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