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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 happened to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s home in Lawndale after he moved?
(a) It was declared a historical site.
(b) It was sold to the city government.
(c) It was renovated by the new owner.
(d) It was bulldozed.

2. Who was two hours late when they came to speak at East St. Louis High?
(a) Colin Powell.
(b) Ron Brown.
(c) Jesse Jackson.
(d) Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. What is the population of the town of Sauget?
(a) 150.
(b) 175.
(c) 200.
(d) 100.

4. What reason did the Post-Dispatch give for the evacuation of Martin Luther King Junior High School in the early spring of 1989?
(a) The emission of toxic chemicals.
(b) Sewage in the school.
(c) Lead in the drinking water.
(d) Fires in the kitchen.

5. What influential African American does Kozol note was often cited when black parents or black school officials discussed educating students in the urban public school system?
(a) Booker T. Washington.
(b) Mary McLeod Bethune.
(c) W.E.B. DuBois.
(d) Martin Luther King, Jr.

Short Answer Questions

1. At Mary McLeod Bethune School, what does the gospel teacher accuse the children of doing if they fail to sing properly?

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

3. What song does the group of children in the Villa Griffin homes say they sing after the flag pledge?

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

5. According to Kozol, when visiting urban public schools who refused to take him to the neighborhoods were the schools were located?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Describe the urban public school that Kozol taught in while in Boston.

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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