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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 did Carla Hawkins, the teacher of a combination fifth and sixth grade class, acquire all the materials and resources for her class?
(a) The principal bought them for her.
(b) Another teacher loaned them to her.
(c) The school board provided her with funding.
(d) She bought them herself.

2. How many housing units are in the Villa Griffin homes?
(a) 98.
(b) 101.
(c) 99.
(d) 100.

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

4. How do the chemical plants get away with not paying taxes in East St. Louis?
(a) They pay-off goverment officals.
(b) They create small, self-governed, incorporated towns.
(c) They file taxes in another state.
(d) They find tax loopholes.

5. What is the name of the Villa Griffin child whose sister was murdered by a friend of the mother?
(a) Serena.
(b) Little Sister.
(c) Smokey.
(d) Mickey.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Kozol, when are citizens given $400 in exchange for a release from liability?

3. In what year was the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education made?

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

5. How much money does Kozol say is spent on each child attending a rich, white, public school around Chicago?

Short Essay Questions

1. What problems exist at Martin Luther King High School in East St. Louis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why, in most cities, do the influential people that Kozol meets show little inclination to address the segregation in the pubic school system?

9. How did East St. Louis become so poor?

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

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