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. In what year did Kozol set off to visit schools and speak with children about education in urban areas?

2. How much money does Kozol say is spent on each child attending a poor, non-white, public school around Chicago?

3. What is the racial makeup of 98 percent of the population in East St. Louis?

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

5. What area lies to the east of East St. Louis?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe PS 261.

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

3. Describe PS 79.

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

5. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

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

7. Define the term "local control." What is the difference between local control and state control?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the book's forward entitled, Looking Backward: 1964-1991, Kozol describes his teaching experience as an innovative teacher at an urban Boston public school. In later chapters, Kozol describes how other teachers try to be innovative despite their lack of resources. Give three detailed examples from the book Savage Inequalities of how teachers in the urban school districts Kozol visits are innovative with limited resources. How are these teachers innovative? Where do they find the resources to continue to be innovative? 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

Kozol shows the financial differences between the amount that public urban schools spend per pupil and the amount that public suburban schools spend per pupil. Why do these differences exist? Why don't the parents of students attending poor urban schools fight the school board for school funding equal to that of the suburban public school systems? Please use specific examples from the book.

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