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. According to sister Julia, why were classes never held at the newly constructed Jefferson School?

2. In what year was the decision in Plessy v. Ferguson rendered?

3. According to Kozol, East St. Louis has one of the highest rates of which disease in America?

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?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Kozol describe the Lawndale neighborhood?

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

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

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

10. How does Kozol describe East St. Louis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kozol has his class read Langston Hughes poem, A Dream Deferred. Based on Kozol's interviews, how does this poem apply to the lives of the children Kozol visits in the urban public school systems? Why would their dreams be deferred? What happens to those students whose dreams are deferred? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

What are some of the difference that exist between urban schools and suburban schools in East Lawndale (Chapter 1, Life on the Mississippi) and North Lawndale (Chapter 2, Other People's Children)? Based on Kozol's account of the school systems, why do these differences exist? What are some ways that these differences can be eliminated? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Kozol refers to many major media outlets for information about public education in the urban cities. What role does the media (e.g., newspapers, magazines, TV) play in spreading information about the public school system? What information does Kozol use from the media? How does Kozol use information from the media to discuss the public school system? Please use specific examples from the book.

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