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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 Supreme Court decision found that segregated education was unconstitutional because it was "inherently unequal"?
(a) Davis, et. al. v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, VA et al.
(b) Briggs, et. al. v. Elliott, et. al.
(c) Plessy v. Ferguson.
(d) Brown v. Board of Education.

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

3. Why does Kozol think the most enthusiastic and skilled teachers will not be attracted to urban schools, like Mary McLeod Bethune Schools?
(a) The low salaries.
(b) The lack of classroom autonomy.
(c) The out-of-date books.
(d) Few resources.

4. Who does Kozol condemn for offering to help troubled non-white schools, but who actually intend for disadvantaged students to prepare themselves for low-quality, factory jobs?
(a) The federal government.
(b) Suburan school principals.
(c) Business leaders.
(d) City officials.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. According to Kozol, what is a major problem at Lawndale Elementary School?

4. According to Kozol, what demographic lives predominantly to the east of East St. Louis?

5. Approximately how many neighborhoods did Kozol visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

2. 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?

3. How does Kozol describe the neighborhoods in which the urban schools he visited were located?

4. How do many of the children know that they are receiving an inferior education? What happens to many of the children after they realize they are receiving an inferior education?

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

6. How does the pre-desegregation of schools compare to the post-desegregation?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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