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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In what year did Martin Luther King, Jr. live in North Lawndale?
(a) 1962.
(b) 1956.
(c) 1966.
(d) 1968.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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) W.E.B. DuBois.
(c) Martin Luther King, Jr.
(d) Mary McLeod Bethune.

11. 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 find tax loopholes.
(c) They file taxes in another state.
(d) They pay-off goverment officals.

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

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

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

15. What reason does Warren Franczyk, principal of Mary McLeod Bethune School, give for teachers losing their high school jobs in North Lawndale?
(a) There is a need for more teachers at the elementary-school level.
(b) They are unqualified for the jobs.
(c) The low enrollment at the schools.
(d) They are shutting down certain schools.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What is the racial makeup of 98 percent of the population in East St. Louis?

3. How many children did Baldwin have in his classroom while teaching in the school located in the Boston suburbs?

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

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

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