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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What statistic does Kozol give for the number of births in East St. Louis to single mothers?
(a) Two of five births are to single mothers.
(b) Four of five births are to single mothers.
(c) Three of five births are to single mothers.
(d) One of five births are to single mothers.

2. How many housing units are in the Villa Griffin homes?
(a) 99.
(b) 98.
(c) 101.
(d) 100.

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

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

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(a) The facilities are old and out-of-date.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

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

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

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

9. 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) Brown v. Board of Education.
(b) Briggs, et. al. v. Elliott et al.
(c) Davis, et. al. v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, VA et al.
(d) Plessy v. Ferguson.

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

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

12. In what year did Kozol set off to visit schools and speak with children about education in urban areas?
(a) 1989.
(b) 1990.
(c) 1988.
(d) 1987.

13. In what year was the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education made?
(a) 1954.
(b) 1952.
(c) 1950.
(d) 1956.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How much money does Irl Soloman say he would earn by teaching one of the schools in the suburbs of St. Louis?

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

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

4. What Supreme Court decision found that segregated education was unconstitutional because it was "inherently unequal"?

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

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