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. Who was two hours late when they came to speak at East St. Louis High?

2. Who does Kozol say is the biggest employer in East St. Louis?

3. 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?

4. According to the 1980 census, what percentage of men and women 17 and older in North Lawndale had no jobs?

5. The history of East St. Louis shows that African Americans were lured to the city for what reason?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Kozol say he wrote the book Savage Inequalities?

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

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

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

6. How does Kozol describe the neighborhoods in which the urban schools he visited were located?

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

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

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

10. How does Kozol describe the Lawndale neighborhood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Forward of the book, Kozol refers to the Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education. What is the significance of the Brown v. Board decision? According to the book, how has the school system remained the same since the judgment? What changes have been made since the Brown v. Board decision? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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