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

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

3. How did Kozol choose the cities that he visited?
(a) There was no special logic in the cities he chose to visit.
(b) He visited cities with a high rate of infant mortality.
(c) He visited cities where he had familiy.
(d) He chose cities that had were ranked as the most dangerous.

4. According to Kozol, when visiting urban public schools who refused to take him to the neighborhoods were the schools were located?
(a) Taxi Drivers.
(b) Parents.
(c) Public Transit.
(d) School Administrators.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What court decision found that segregated institutions for black people could exist as long as they were equal to those open to white people?

2. What reason did the Post-Dispatch give for the evacuation of Martin Luther King Junior High School in the early spring of 1989?

3. What area lies to the east of East St. Louis?

4. According to the 1980 census, what percentage of men and women 17 and older in North Lawndale had no jobs?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Why does Kozol say he wrote the book Savage Inequalities?

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

6. Why does Kozol condemn business leaders and legislators for not improving public education?

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

8. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

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

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

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