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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. At Mary McLeod Bethune School, what does the gospel teacher accuse the children of doing if they fail to sing properly?
(a) Not studying the music.
(b) Not practicing the songs at home.
(c) Not loving the Lord.
(d) Not liking the gospel teacher.

2. According to the 1980 census, what percentage of men and women 17 and older in North Lawndale had no jobs?
(a) 68.
(b) 58.
(c) 62.
(d) 72.

3. What statistic does Kozol give for the number of births in East St. Louis to single mothers?
(a) Three of five births are to single mothers.
(b) Two of five births are to single mothers.
(c) One of five births are to single mothers.
(d) Four of five births are to single mothers.

4. What types of schools does the Chicago public school system lack?
(a) High Schools.
(b) Junior high schools.
(c) Early Head Start centers.
(d) Elementary Schools.

5. What types of educational options had been proposed in Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Detroit?
(a) Busing black students to schools in white neighborhoods.
(b) Charter schools with a focus on black culture.
(c) Separate schools/classes for black males.
(d) All-girl schools.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why did Sam Morgan, principal of East St. Louis High, not attend the school as a student?

3. What is the racial makeup of 98 percent of the population in East St. Louis?

4. According to Bonita Brodt, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, who is the president in the textbooks that the students are reading at Goudy Elementary School?

5. According to Carla Hawkins, Chicago's public schools are in short supply of what type of resource?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kozol describe the Anacostia neighborhood where Harper and her mother live?

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. Explain the notion of a "low foundation" in regards to a Foundation Program. Explain the notion of a "minimum."

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

5. Describe the Rodriguez class-action suit.

6. Hoe does Kozol describe Camden, New Jersey?

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

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

9. Why would the students at Woodrow Wilson High want to remain there rather than attending a school with better resources?

10. How does Kozol describe the two worlds of Washington, D.C.?

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