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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose voices does Kozol say were missing from summit conferences on education, severe reports, and ominous prescriptions?
(a) The children's voices.
(b) The communities' voices.
(c) The teachers' voices.
(d) The parents' voices.

2. What is the population of the town of Sauget?
(a) 100.
(b) 150.
(c) 200.
(d) 175.

3. What types of schools does the Chicago public school system lack?
(a) Elementary Schools.
(b) Early Head Start centers.
(c) High Schools.
(d) Junior high schools.

4. What is the racial makeup of 98 percent of the population in East St. Louis?
(a) Hispanic.
(b) Black.
(c) Chinese.
(d) White.

5. According to Kozol, how are East St. Louis and Lawndale similar?
(a) The urban schools have no books.
(b) There is no industry there.
(c) The students have to attend mandatory summer school.
(d) The city government is the main employer.

6. What are the major industries in Sauget besides the chemical plants?
(a) Prison and cigarette manufacturers.
(b) Funeral homes and car dealerships.
(c) Liquor stores and an outlet for the lottery.
(d) Topless joints and an outlet for the lottery.

7. According to Kozol, what is a major problem at Lawndale Elementary School?
(a) The teachers lack adequate preperation.
(b) The facilities are old and out-of-date.
(c) The lack of quality books.
(d) The children do not have recess.

8. Who does Kozol condemn for offering to help troubled non-white schools, but who actually intend for disadvantaged students to prepare themselves for low-quality, factory jobs?
(a) Suburan school principals.
(b) The federal government.
(c) Business leaders.
(d) City officials.

9. What reason does Warren Franczyk, principal of Mary McLeod Bethune School, give for teachers losing their high school jobs in North Lawndale?
(a) The low enrollment at the schools.
(b) They are shutting down certain schools.
(c) They are unqualified for the jobs.
(d) There is a need for more teachers at the elementary-school level.

10. How many non-white students does Kozol say attended most of the urban schools he visited?
(a) 90 to 99 percent.
(b) 95 to 97 percent.
(c) 95 to 99 percent.
(d) 97 to 100 percent.

11. How did Kozol choose the cities that he visited?
(a) He chose cities that had were ranked as the most dangerous.
(b) He visited cities where he had familiy.
(c) He visited cities with a high rate of infant mortality.
(d) There was no special logic in the cities he chose to visit.

12. According to Kozol, when are citizens given $400 in exchange for a release from liability?
(a) When they are hurt while working at the chemical plant.
(b) When they are fired from the chemical plants.
(c) When they partake in chemical experiments at the plant.
(d) When they breath toxic emission from the chemical plants.

13. Who does Kozol say is the biggest employer in East St. Louis?
(a) Public education.
(b) Prostitution.
(c) Drug trade.
(d) Pfizer Chemical Co.

14. How did Carla Hawkins, the teacher of a combination fifth and sixth grade class, acquire all the materials and resources for her class?
(a) The principal bought them for her.
(b) The school board provided her with funding.
(c) Another teacher loaned them to her.
(d) She bought them herself.

15. What Supreme Court decision found that segregated education was unconstitutional because it was "inherently unequal"?
(a) Briggs, et. al. v. Elliott, et. al.
(b) Davis, et. al. v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, VA et al.
(c) Brown v. Board of Education.
(d) Plessy v. Ferguson.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did Kozol set off to visit schools and speak with children about education in urban areas?

2. What does Sister Julia say that the nicest house in the Villa Griffin homes is used for?

3. What grade did Kozol teach while he was at the urban school in Boston?

4. Why did Sam Morgan, principal of East St. Louis High, not attend the school as a student?

5. When Kozol decides to see what's happening in America's schools, what shocked and outraged him most about the public school system?

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