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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. What does Sister Julia say that the nicest house in the Villa Griffin homes is used for?
(a) A motel.
(b) A whorehouse.
(c) A foster home.
(d) A government welfare office.

5. According to Kozol, what demographic lives predominantly to the east of East St. Louis?
(a) Chinese.
(b) Hispanic.
(c) Black.
(d) White.

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(b) The facilities are old and out-of-date.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

7. What years did the events in the book Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools take place?
(a) 1988-1990.
(b) 1988-1992.
(c) 1986-1990.
(d) 1990-1991.

8. According to Carla Hawkins, Chicago's public schools are in short supply of what type of resource?
(a) Students.
(b) Funding .
(c) Supplies.
(d) Teachers.

9. How much money does Kozol say is spent on each child attending a poor, non-white, public school around Chicago?
(a) $6,000.
(b) $7,000.
(c) $5,000.
(d) $4,000.

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

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

12. How many banks did the Tribune say were located in North Lawndale?
(a) 2.
(b) 1.
(c) 0.
(d) 3.

13. How does the Post-Dispatch describe East St. Louis, Illinois?
(a) America's Cuba.
(b) America's Soweto.
(c) America's Somalia.
(d) America's Bosnia.

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

15. According to the 1980 census, what percentage of men and women 17 and older in North Lawndale had no jobs?
(a) 62.
(b) 68.
(c) 58.
(d) 72.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which two poets did Kozol expose the children in the urban district to?

2. 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?

3. Who authored the poem that one of the most embittered students in Kozol's class memorized?

4. 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?

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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