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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) W.E.B. DuBois.
(b) Mary McLeod Bethune.
(c) Booker T. Washington.
(d) Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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(d) The out-of-date books.

4. According to Bonita Brodt, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, who is the president in the textbooks that the students are reading at Goudy Elementary School?
(a) Ronald Reagan.
(b) John F. Kennedy.
(c) George H. W. Bush.
(d) Richard Nixon.

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

6. According to Kozol, how are East St. Louis and Lawndale similar?
(a) The students have to attend mandatory summer school.
(b) The urban schools have no books.
(c) The city government is the main employer.
(d) There is no industry there.

7. What is one way Kozol says children realize they are getting an inferior education?
(a) By reading stories about schools in rich neighborhoods.
(b) By visiting other schools.
(c) By talking to friends about schools their other family members attend.
(d) By watching TV and seeing how the other half live.

8. What is the name of the Villa Griffin child whose sister was murdered by a friend of the mother?
(a) Smokey.
(b) Mickey.
(c) Serena.
(d) Little Sister.

9. According to Reverend Jim Wolff, who moved in to North Lawndale when businesses moved out?
(a) Gangs.
(b) Churches.
(c) Schools.
(d) Government offices.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the population of the town of Sauget?

2. How did Kozol choose the cities that he visited?

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

4. How does the Post-Dispatch describe East St. Louis, Illinois?

5. According to Kozol, what is a major problem at Lawndale Elementary School?

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