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

2. According to Bonita Brodt, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, who is the president in the textbooks that the students are reading at Goudy Elementary School?

3. What is one way Kozol says children realize they are getting an inferior education?

4. What are the major industries in Sauget besides the chemical plants?

5. Which one of the following does Kozol not mention as a place where the men in East St. Louis go when they disappear from the community?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How the suburban public schools funded compared to the urban public schools?

3. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

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

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

6. Why are the major industries that dump waste into East St. Louis not taxed there?

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

8. How do many of the children know that they are receiving an inferior education? What happens to many of the children after they realize they are receiving an inferior education?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kozol points out that racial discrimination is the cause of many of the inequalities that exist in the public school system. However, some of the individuals that he interviews think that it's a socioeconomic issue and not a race issue. Based on the book Savage Inequalities, are the problems that exist in urban public schools caused by racial discrimination, socioeconomic status, or both. Why? Provide at least three detailed reasons for your answer. 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

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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