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

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

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

4. Why was Kozol fired from his teaching job in the urban Boston school?
(a) For challenging the administration.
(b) For taking students on a field trip without parental permission.
(c) For leaving students unattended.
(d) For teaching poetry that was not on the approved list.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the two sources of lead in East St. Louis named in the Life on the Mississippi chapter?

2. According to Kozol, whose real names are used in the book Savage Inequalities?

3. The history of East St. Louis shows that African Americans were lured to the city for what reason?

4. What song does the group of children in the Villa Griffin homes say they sing after the flag pledge?

5. What is the name of the Villa Griffin child whose sister was murdered by a friend of the mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What problem exists at Lathrop Elementary School, and what is the source of this problem?

2. Why does Kozol decide to leave teaching and focus on other social issues?

3. What reasons does Irl Solomon give for young teachers not staying at Martin Luther King Jr. High?

4. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

5. Describe the urban public school that Kozol taught in while in Boston.

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

7. What financial cuts are proposed for the schools in East St. Louis? Why do cuts have to be made to the schools in East St. Louis? Who is responsible for making the cuts?

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

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

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

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