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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Few resources.
(c) The low salaries.
(d) The out-of-date books.

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

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

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

5. 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) John F. Kennedy.
(b) George H. W. Bush.
(c) Ronald Reagan.
(d) Richard Nixon.

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

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

8. How many banks did the Tribune say were located in North Lawndale?
(a) 0.
(b) 2.
(c) 3.
(d) 1.

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

10. 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 renovated by the new owner.
(d) It was sold to the city government.

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

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

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

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

15. 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) Mary Had a Little Lamb.
(d) Jingle Bells

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What is the name of the Villa Griffin child whose sister was murdered by a friend of the mother?

3. What years did the events in the book Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools take place?

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

5. According to Reverend Jim Wolff, who moved in to North Lawndale when businesses moved out?

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