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  • How do people feel about foreigners? Non-humans? How ready are they to accept different ideas? How cosmopolitan are they?
  • How much social mobility is there? Is it easy or hard for a person born in the lower class to advance to the middle class, or for a middle class person to advance to the upper class or nobility? How much resistance would there be? Would such a person ever be socially accepted?
  • What things are considered luxuries?
  • What do people in general look like? Who would stand out in a crowd?
  • What is furniture like? It it big and blocky, delicate, simple, elaborately carved, decorated? What is it commonly made of? Are certain things (like chairs with arms) reserved for high-status individuals?
  • In what ways does furniture design reflect the customs of people (example: beds with drapes for privacy in places where servants are likely to enter rooms without warning; chaise longues as common furniture in a society where people are accustomed to reclining rather than sitting)?
  • What are plumbing and sanitary systems like? Who builds and maintains them? How reliable are they, and who do you call when the drains back up? How do they differ from city to farm?
  • How do people cope with various disasters—fire, floods, volcanoes, plague? How common are such disasters?
  • How early do people get up in the morning in the city? Country?

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