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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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(c) The facilities are old and out-of-date.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

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

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

5. Who was two hours late when they came to speak at East St. Louis High?
(a) Jesse Jackson.
(b) Martin Luther King, Jr.
(c) Ron Brown.
(d) Colin Powell.

6. Why does Du Sable High School's principal have a hard time retaining young teachers at his school?
(a) Because young teachers would rather teach in private schools.
(b) Because the older teachers have more freedom to be creative.
(c) Because the school system curriculum is too strict.
(d) Because the suburban schools pay more money.

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

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

9. Who does Kozol condemn for offering to help troubled non-white schools, but who actually intend for disadvantaged students to prepare themselves for low-quality, factory jobs?
(a) The federal government.
(b) City officials.
(c) Business leaders.
(d) Suburan school principals.

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

11. According to Kozol, when visiting urban public schools who refused to take him to the neighborhoods were the schools were located?
(a) Public Transit.
(b) Parents.
(c) School Administrators.
(d) Taxi Drivers.

12. What public service does Kozol mention that East St. Louis lacks?
(a) Unemployment Services.
(b) Trash Removal.
(c) Recycling.
(d) Welfare.

13. What are the two sources of lead in East St. Louis named in the Life on the Mississippi chapter?
(a) Drinking water and lead-based paint.
(b) Manufacturing and drinking water.
(c) Lead-based paint and manufacturing.
(d) Lead-based paint and lack of waste removal.

14. 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) Mary McLeod Bethune is located next door to a chemical plant.
(b) The magnet school receives more funding than Mary McLeod Bethune School.
(c) The magnet schools do not have staffing problems.
(d) The magnet schools have staff problems.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one way Kozol says children realize they are getting an inferior education?

2. In what year did Kozol set off to visit schools and speak with children about education in urban areas?

3. What was Kozol's purpose for writing the book Savage Inequalities?

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

5. Approximately how many neighborhoods did Kozol visit?

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