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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 school board provided her with funding.
(b) She bought them herself.
(c) Another teacher loaned them to her.
(d) The principal bought them for her.

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

3. Why did Sam Morgan, principal of East St. Louis High, not attend the school as a student?
(a) He lived to far way to attend the school.
(b) He did not grow up in East St. Louis.
(c) It was an all-white high school.
(d) The school was not built when he was in high school.

4. How much money does Kozol say is spent on each child attending a poor, non-white, public school around Chicago?
(a) $7,000.
(b) $6,000.
(c) $4,000.
(d) $5,000.

5. According to Kozol, East St. Louis has one of the highest rates of which disease in America?
(a) Type II diabetes.
(b) Heart disease.
(c) High-blood pressure.
(d) Child ssthma.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. How many years did Kozol spend visiting schools and speaking with children about their schools and neighborhoods?

5. What are the names of the two auto bridges that cross the Mississippi to connect East St. Louis and St. Louis?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How the suburban public schools funded compared to the urban public schools?

3. 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?

4. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

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

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

7. How does Kozol describe East St. Louis?

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

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

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

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