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

2. How many banks did the Tribune say were located in North Lawndale?

3. What grade did Kozol teach while he was at the urban school in Boston?

4. In what year was the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education made?

5. According to Kozol, what demographic lives predominantly to the east of East St. Louis?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why, in most cities, do the influential people that Kozol meets show little inclination to address the segregation in the pubic school system?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Kozol describe the Lawndale neighborhood?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Racial discrimination is a major theme in the book Savage Inequalities. What reasons does Kozol give for racial discrimination being the reason that poor urban schools receive less funding? Why does Kozol think the inequalities have more to do with race than with economics? Do you agree with Kozol's reasons for why the inequalities exist at poor urban schools? Why or why not? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 6 is entitled, The Dream Deferred, Again, in San Antonio. What dream was Kozol referring to and how was it deferred again? Who or what caused the dream to be deferred? Is there any way to save the dream from being deferred? If not, how could the dream be revitalized after being deferred? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Jonathan Kozol says that he wrote Savage Inequalities so that the voices of the children that attend public schools in America could be heard. In your opinion, what audience did Kozol want to read this book? Who was his target audience? Did he write his book for teachers, administrators, state leaders, government officials, etc? Why do you think he wrote the book for the audience that you have identified? Please use specific examples from the book.

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