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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what year was the decision in Plessy v. Ferguson rendered?
(a) 1895.
(b) 1896.
(c) 1897.
(d) 1898.

2. 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 school board provided her with funding.
(b) She bought them herself.
(c) Another teacher loaned them to her.
(d) The principal bought them for her.

3. What year did Kozol begin teaching in Boston?
(a) 1962.
(b) 1965.
(c) 1963.
(d) 1964.

4. Why does Du Sable High School's principal have a hard time retaining young teachers at his school?
(a) Because the suburban schools pay more money.
(b) Because young teachers would rather teach in private schools.
(c) Because the older teachers have more freedom to be creative.
(d) Because the school system curriculum is too strict.

5. Why was Kozol fired from his teaching job in the urban Boston school?
(a) For challenging the administration.
(b) For taking students on a field trip without parental permission.
(c) For leaving students unattended.
(d) For teaching poetry that was not on the approved list.

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

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

8. How many years did Kozol spend visiting schools and speaking with children about their schools and neighborhoods?
(a) 3.
(b) 2.
(c) 1.
(d) 4.

9. In the chapter entitled "Life on the Mississippi," what office is described as the largest office in Illinois?
(a) Health Services.
(b) The Welfare Office.
(c) The Unemployment Office.
(d) The Lottery Office.

10. What influential African American does Kozol note was often cited when black parents or black school officials discussed educating students in the urban public school system?
(a) Martin Luther King, Jr.
(b) Booker T. Washington.
(c) Mary McLeod Bethune.
(d) W.E.B. DuBois.

11. In what year did Martin Luther King, Jr. live in North Lawndale?
(a) 1962.
(b) 1968.
(c) 1956.
(d) 1966.

12. Why does Kozol think the most enthusiastic and skilled teachers will not be attracted to urban schools, like Mary McLeod Bethune Schools?
(a) The low salaries.
(b) Few resources.
(c) The out-of-date books.
(d) The lack of classroom autonomy.

13. What was the poem that is memorized by the students in Kozol's class about?
(a) Infant mortality.
(b) The public school system.
(c) Ghetto life.
(d) Broken dreams.

14. What system of schools does Kozol say are highly attractive to more sophisticated parents, who are disproportionately white and middle class?
(a) The magnet school system.
(b) The charter school system.
(c) The urban school system.
(d) The suburban school system.

15. What happened to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s home in Lawndale after he moved?
(a) It was renovated by the new owner.
(b) It was bulldozed.
(c) It was sold to the city government.
(d) It was declared a historical site.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the school board in Dearborn Park do that they think constitutes as making school choice equally accessible?

2. What religious order helps to operate a mission at the Villa Griffin homes?

3. What area lies to the east of East St. Louis?

4. According to Kozol, which buildings in East St. Louis are the nicest?

5. According to Kozol, what demographic lives predominantly to the east of East St. Louis?

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