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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. In what year was the decision in Plessy v. Ferguson rendered?
(a) 1895.
(b) 1897.
(c) 1898.
(d) 1896.

2. What does the school board in Dearborn Park do that they think constitutes as making school choice equally accessible?
(a) Invite parents to school board meetings.
(b) Give presentations about the different schools in the area.
(c) Send school representatives to parents homes.
(d) Offer the same printed materials to all parents.

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

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

5. According to Kozol, whose real names are used in the book Savage Inequalities?
(a) Child characters.
(b) Adult characters.
(c) Religious characters.
(d) Public officials.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Kozol, what is a major problem at Lawndale Elementary School?

2. Which two poets did Kozol expose the children in the urban district to?

3. According to Kozol, when are citizens given $400 in exchange for a release from liability?

4. At Mary McLeod Bethune School, what does the gospel teacher accuse the children of doing if they fail to sing properly?

5. How does the Post-Dispatch describe East St. Louis, Illinois?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

2. How the suburban public schools funded compared to the urban public schools?

3. Why, in most cities, do the influential people that Kozol meets show little inclination to address the segregation in the pubic school system?

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

5. What does the media, parents, and teachers think the issue is with public education?

6. Why is employment limited in East St. Louis?

7. What type of health issues exist in East St. Louis? Why do these illnesses exist?

8. 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?

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

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

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