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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does Kozol introduce his class to poetry?
(a) Because he did not have any lesson plans.
(b) To reawaken the children's interest in school.
(c) Because he did not have any textbooks in his classroom.
(d) To familiarize students with a different form of literature.

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

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

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

6. 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 overcrowding in classrooms.
(b) The segregation that still existed in the school system.
(c) The lack of qualified teachers in the school system.
(d) The lack of books in the classrooms.

7. Which two poets did Kozol expose the children in the urban district to?
(a) Langston Hughes and Claude McKay.
(b) Robert Frost and Langston Hughes.
(c) T.S. Eliot and Claude McKay.
(d) Langston Hughes and T.S. Eliot.

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

9. What was Kozol's purpose for writing the book Savage Inequalities?
(a) To let teachers discuss the low pay they receive for such a demanding job.
(b) To let the voices, judgments, and longings of children be heard.
(c) To show parents' views of the American school system.
(d) To compile facts and figures about American urban school systems.

10. In what month is black history celebrated in the public schools?
(a) May.
(b) October.
(c) February.
(d) January.

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

12. What major difference did Warren Franczyk, principal at Mary McLeod Bethune School, say existed between Mary McLeod Bethune School in North Lawndale and the magnet schools that the city runs?
(a) The magnet school receives more funding than Mary McLeod Bethune School.
(b) The magnet schools do not have staffing problems.
(c) Mary McLeod Bethune is located next door to a chemical plant.
(d) The magnet schools have staff problems.

13. According to Kozol, why is eighth-grade graduation highly celebrated in North Lawndale?
(a) Because most students drop out in the ninth grade.
(b) Because there is no high school prom in North Lawndale.
(c) Because many of the students will not graduate from high school.
(d) Because parents put as much emphasis on eighth grade as they do on the twelfth grade .

14. How many children did Baldwin have in his classroom while teaching in the urban school in Boston?
(a) 35.
(b) 20.
(c) 30.
(d) 25.

15. How much money does Kozol say is spent on each child attending a rich, white, public school around Chicago?
(a) $8,000.
(b) $6,000.
(c) $9,000.
(d) $7,000.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two sources of lead in East St. Louis named in the Life on the Mississippi chapter?

2. Whose voices does Kozol say were missing from summit conferences on education, severe reports, and ominous prescriptions?

3. In the chapter entitled "Life on the Mississippi," what office is described as the largest office in Illinois?

4. Why does Du Sable High School's principal have a hard time retaining young teachers at his school?

5. In what year did Martin Luther King, Jr. live in North Lawndale?

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