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. What is the population of the town of Sauget?

2. How does the Post-Dispatch describe East St. Louis, Illinois?

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

4. What religious order helps to operate a mission at the Villa Griffin homes?

5. According to Carla Hawkins, Chicago's public schools are in short supply of what type of resource?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe PS 261.

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

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

5. Why would the students at Woodrow Wilson High want to remain there rather than attending a school with better resources?

6. Describe PS 79.

7. Who is Joe Clark? What role did he play in the New Jersey public school system?

8. 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?

9. How does the court ultimately rule in the class-action suit filed in 1981 by parents of school children in East Orange, Camden, Irvington, and Jersey City? What is the reaction of wealthier tax payers?

10. How does Kozol describe the two worlds of Washington, D.C.?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

According to Kozol, non-white leaders are often picked to solve local school problems. Why is it assumed that non-white leaders are the best candidate to solve the problems of local urban school systems? Who would be the best candidate(s) to solve the local school problems? Why?

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