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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 grade did Kozol teach while he was at the urban school in Boston?
(a) Fourth.
(b) Fifth.
(c) Kindergarten.
(d) Second.

2. Who was two hours late when they came to speak at East St. Louis High?
(a) Jesse Jackson.
(b) Colin Powell.
(c) Ron Brown.
(d) Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. What court decision found that segregated institutions for black people could exist as long as they were equal to those open to white people?
(a) Briggs, et. al. v. Elliott et al.
(b) Brown v. Board of Education.
(c) Davis, et. al. v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, VA et al.
(d) Plessy v. Ferguson.

4. Which two poets did Kozol expose the children in the urban district to?
(a) Robert Frost and Langston Hughes.
(b) Langston Hughes and T.S. Eliot.
(c) Langston Hughes and Claude McKay.
(d) T.S. Eliot and Claude McKay.

5. Whose voices does Kozol say were missing from summit conferences on education, severe reports, and ominous prescriptions?
(a) The communities' voices.
(b) The children's voices.
(c) The teachers' voices.
(d) The parents' voices.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Kozol, when visiting urban public schools who refused to take him to the neighborhoods were the schools were located?

2. What types of educational options had been proposed in Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Detroit?

3. According to Kozol, how are East St. Louis and Lawndale similar?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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