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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. How much money does Kozol say is spent on each child attending a poor, non-white, public school around Chicago?
(a) $6,000.
(b) $4,000.
(c) $5,000.
(d) $7,000.

2. According to Kozol, why is eighth-grade graduation highly celebrated in North Lawndale?
(a) Because parents put as much emphasis on eighth grade as they do on the twelfth grade .
(b) Because many of the students will not graduate from high school.
(c) Because there is no high school prom in North Lawndale.
(d) Because most students drop out in the ninth grade.

3. How does the Post-Dispatch describe East St. Louis, Illinois?
(a) America's Bosnia.
(b) America's Somalia.
(c) America's Soweto.
(d) America's Cuba.

4. In what month is black history celebrated in the public schools?
(a) February.
(b) May.
(c) January.
(d) October.

5. According to sister Julia, why were classes never held at the newly constructed Jefferson School?
(a) The construction was not done correctly.
(b) The school was not completed.
(c) There was too much sewage in the school.
(d) The school did not pass the school board inspection.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Du Sable High School's principal have a hard time retaining young teachers at his school?

3. Who was two hours late when they came to speak at East St. Louis High?

4. What public service does Kozol mention that East St. Louis lacks?

5. What statistic does Kozol give for the number of births in East St. Louis to single mothers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why would the students at Woodrow Wilson High want to remain there rather than attending a school with better resources?

2. According to Kozol, what does the local school board control? How can the school board exercise real control over matters?

3. How are test scores in math and reading determined? How do the determination of these scores affect children in poor schools?

4. Describe the Rodriguez class-action suit.

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

6. How does Kozol describe East St. Louis?

7. How does Kozol describe the Lawndale neighborhood?

8. How do states subvert local control? Why do states decide to subvert local control?

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

10. What similarity exist between selective schools in New York and Chicago?

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