Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the chemical plants get away with not paying taxes in East St. Louis?

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

3. Why was Kozol fired from his teaching job in the urban Boston school?

4. How did the press in Boston refer to troubled ghetto areas with a low infant mortality rate?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author think that many wealthy people think it is okay if poor children receive fewer advantages?

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

3. How does Kozol describe East St. Louis?

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

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

6. What is there for residents to do in East St. Louis for fun?

7. 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?

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

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

10. Why does Kozol condemn business leaders and legislators for not improving public education?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In his interviews, Kozol asks several individuals what they think is the answer to better schools. Based on the book Savage Inequalities, what are some of the ways to better schools? How can these ways be implemented in the schools/communities? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the urban public school systems in New York and Camden. How are these two urban school systems similar? How are they different? Please use specific examples from the book? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

In the chapter entitled, The Savage Inequalities of Public Education in New York, Kozol travels to two schools that have issues with space. What limitations does the issue of space put on the teachers, students, and administrators? What future issues could arise because of the limited space at the schools? Please use specific examples from the book.

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