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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the chapter entitled "Life on the Mississippi," what office is described as the largest office in Illinois?
(a) Health Services.
(b) The Unemployment Office.
(c) The Welfare Office.
(d) The Lottery Office.

2. Why did Sam Morgan, principal of East St. Louis High, not attend the school as a student?
(a) It was an all-white high school.
(b) The school was not built when he was in high school.
(c) He lived to far way to attend the school.
(d) He did not grow up in East St. Louis.

3. The history of East St. Louis shows that African Americans were lured to the city for what reason?
(a) Low taxes.
(b) Good schools.
(c) The promise of jobs.
(d) New housing.

4. What years did the events in the book Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools take place?
(a) 1988-1992.
(b) 1990-1991.
(c) 1988-1990.
(d) 1986-1990.

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

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

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

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

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

11. How much money does Irl Soloman earn at East St. Louis High each year after teaching for nearly 30 years?
(a) $32,000.
(b) $38,000.
(c) $36,000.
(d) $34,000.

12. At Mary McLeod Bethune School, what does the gospel teacher accuse the children of doing if they fail to sing properly?
(a) Not studying the music.
(b) Not loving the Lord.
(c) Not liking the gospel teacher.
(d) Not practicing the songs at home.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What system of schools does Kozol say are highly attractive to more sophisticated parents, who are disproportionately white and middle class?

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

3. How do the chemical plants get away with not paying taxes in East St. Louis?

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

5. According to Kozol, East St. Louis has one of the highest rates of which disease in America?

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