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Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will learn about popular protests against poor working conditions at the start of the nineteenth century.


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5 Questions

What was the Industrial Revolution?
When farming methods became much more efficient in the 1700s.
Correct answer: When the British economy grew really quickly and the population boomed.
When the people of Paris rebelled against their king in 1789.
When William of Orange replaced James II as king in 1688-89.
What 'class' were most people in nineteenth-century Britain?
Middle Class
Poor Class
Upper Class
Correct answer: Working Class
Which Act banned children younger than nine from working in factories.
Correct answer: The Factory Act (1833)
The Great Reform Act (1832)
The Mines Act (1842)
The Poor Law Reform Act (1834)
Why was the Factory Act (1833) unpopular with many poor families?
Correct answer: Because it reduced their income and made them even poorer.
Because many couldn't read the Factory Act.
Because they hated their children and it kept them in the house.
Because they thought that work made their young children healthy and strong.
Alongside Acts passed by the government, what else do historians look at to understand how working conditions changed during the nineteenth century?
Roman pottery
The internet
Correct answer: What workers thought and said about their conditions

5 Questions

Which group of people wanted to reduce food prices by burning down barns and windmills?
Correct answer: Food Rioters
The Chartists
The Luddites
The Swing Rioters
Which group of people destroyed stocking frames in 1811?
Food Rioters
The Chartists
Correct answer: The Luddites
The Swing Rioters
Which group of people destroyed threshing machines in 1830?
Food Rioters
The Chartists
The Luddites
Correct answer: The Swing Rioters
What did the Chartists want?
To abolish Parliament.
To destroy stocking frames and threshing machines.
To kill Queen Victoria.
Correct answer: Votes for all men aged 21 and over.
In what ways were the Chartists different to earlier forms of popular protest?
Chartism was a middle-class movement
Correct answer: Chartism was a national movement
Chartists only lived in London
Chartists were only interested in politics

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UnitHistory / How far did working conditions improve over the nineteenth century?