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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the 1980 census, what percentage of men and women 17 and older in North Lawndale had no jobs?
(a) 72.
(b) 58.
(c) 62.
(d) 68.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. According to Kozol, when are citizens given $400 in exchange for a release from liability?
(a) When they are hurt while working at the chemical plant.
(b) When they partake in chemical experiments at the plant.
(c) When they breath toxic emission from the chemical plants.
(d) When they are fired from the chemical plants.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many non-white students does Kozol say attended most of the urban schools he visited?

2. How many housing units are in the Villa Griffin homes?

3. What does the school board in Dearborn Park do that they think constitutes as making school choice equally accessible?

4. How many teachers did Kozol's students in the urban Boston school have before he was assigned to teach their class?

5. How many years did Kozol spend visiting schools and speaking with children about their schools and neighborhoods?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kozol describe the neighborhoods in which the urban schools he visited were located?

2. What problems exist at Martin Luther King High School in East St. Louis?

3. How does Coral Hawkins stand out from most of the teachers Kozol meets at Mary McLeod Bethune School?

4. Why does the author think that many wealthy people think it is okay if poor children receive fewer advantages?

5. How does Kozol describe East St. Louis?

6. Compare Baldwin's experience teaching in the urban school district in Boston and the suburban school district west of Boston.

7. What is there for residents to do in East St. Louis for fun?

8. Compare Coral Hawkins to the gospel teacher at Mary McLeod Bethune School.

9. Why are the major industries that dump waste into East St. Louis not taxed there?

10. Where does Kozol go on his journey to speak with students in the public school system? How does Kozol choose the schools that he visited?

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