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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do the chemical plants get away with not paying taxes in East St. Louis?
(a) They create small, self-governed, incorporated towns.
(b) They pay-off goverment officals.
(c) They find tax loopholes.
(d) They file taxes in another state.

2. What religious order helps to operate a mission at the Villa Griffin homes?
(a) The Daughters of Charity.
(b) The Daughters of the Holy Spirit.
(c) The Daughters of Divine Charity.
(d) The Daughters of Divine Love.

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

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

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

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

7. 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.

8. When Kozol decides to see what's happening in America's schools, what shocked and outraged him most about the public school system?
(a) The lack of books in the classrooms.
(b) The lack of qualified teachers in the school system.
(c) The overcrowding in classrooms.
(d) The segregation that still existed in the school system.

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

10. According to sister Julia, why were classes never held at the newly constructed Jefferson School?
(a) The construction was not done correctly.
(b) There was too much sewage in the school.
(c) The school was not completed.
(d) The school did not pass the school board inspection.

11. According to Kozol, whose responsibility is it to supply all children with equally good schools?
(a) The government.
(b) The parents.
(c) The teachers.
(d) The school administrators.

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

13. What court decision found that segregated institutions for black people could exist as long as they were equal to those open to white people?
(a) Plessy v. Ferguson.
(b) Brown v. Board of Education.
(c) Briggs, et. al. v. Elliott et al.
(d) Davis, et. al. v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, VA et al.

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

15. What public service does Kozol mention that East St. Louis lacks?
(a) Welfare.
(b) Recycling.
(c) Trash Removal.
(d) Unemployment Services.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Kozol's purpose for writing the book Savage Inequalities?

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

3. How did Carla Hawkins, the teacher of a combination fifth and sixth grade class, acquire all the materials and resources for her class?

4. How did the press in Boston refer to troubled ghetto areas with a low infant mortality rate?

5. How many non-white students does Kozol say attended most of the urban schools he visited?

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