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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 is one way Kozol says children realize they are getting an inferior education?
(a) By visiting other schools.
(b) By watching TV and seeing how the other half live.
(c) By reading stories about schools in rich neighborhoods.
(d) By talking to friends about schools their other family members attend.

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

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

4. What public service does Kozol mention that East St. Louis lacks?
(a) Unemployment Services.
(b) Welfare.
(c) Recycling.
(d) Trash Removal.

5. How many years did Kozol spend visiting schools and speaking with children about their schools and neighborhoods?
(a) 4.
(b) 2.
(c) 1.
(d) 3.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the chapter entitled "Life on the Mississippi," what office is described as the largest office in Illinois?

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

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

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

5. What year did Kozol begin teaching in Boston?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

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

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

7. How does Kozol describe East St. Louis?

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

9. Compare the two court decisions, Brown v. Board of Education and Plessy v. Ferguson.

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

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