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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who authored the poem that one of the most embittered students in Kozol's class memorized?
(a) Robert Frost.
(b) Claude McKay.
(c) Langston Hughes.
(d) T.S. Eliot.

2. What types of educational options had been proposed in Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Detroit?
(a) Busing black students to schools in white neighborhoods.
(b) All-girl schools.
(c) Separate schools/classes for black males.
(d) Charter schools with a focus on black culture.

3. According to Kozol, which buildings in East St. Louis are the nicest?
(a) The federal courthouse and the city government office building.
(b) City Hall and the main police station.
(c) The Pfizer factory and City Hall.
(d) The federal courthouse and City Hall.

4. Approximately how many neighborhoods did Kozol visit?
(a) 30.
(b) 20.
(c) 15.
(d) 25.

5. Where did Kozol hold his classes while teaching in the urban school in Boston?
(a) The school cafeteria.
(b) The school basement.
(c) The auditorium.
(d) An unfurnished classroom.

6. What song does the group of children in the Villa Griffin homes say they sing after the flag pledge?
(a) Mary Had a Little Lamb.
(b) Jingle Bells
(c) Oh Happy Day.
(d) Star Spangled Banner.

7. How many children did Baldwin have in his classroom while teaching in the school located in the Boston suburbs?
(a) 23.
(b) 22.
(c) 20.
(d) 21.

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

9. At Mary McLeod Bethune School, what does the gospel teacher accuse the children of doing if they fail to sing properly?
(a) Not liking the gospel teacher.
(b) Not studying the music.
(c) Not practicing the songs at home.
(d) Not loving the Lord.

10. How did the press in Boston refer to troubled ghetto areas with a low infant mortality rate?
(a) Death Zones.
(b) Ghetto Zones.
(c) Death Camps.
(d) Killer Zones.

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

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

13. What area lies to the east of East St. Louis?
(a) Cleveland.
(b) Illinois bluffs.
(c) Chicago.
(d) Illinois wasteland.

14. 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) City officials.
(b) The federal government.
(c) Suburan school principals.
(d) Business leaders.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the poem that is memorized by the students in Kozol's class about?

2. In what month is black history celebrated in the public schools?

3. What is one way Kozol says children realize they are getting an inferior education?

4. How much money does Kozol say is spent on each child attending a poor, non-white, public school around Chicago?

5. According to Kozol, when are citizens given $400 in exchange for a release from liability?

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