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 does Sister Julia say that the nicest house in the Villa Griffin homes is used for?

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. How many housing units are in the Villa Griffin homes?

4. How many teachers did Kozol's students in the urban Boston school have before he was assigned to teach their class?

5. According to Kozol, which buildings in East St. Louis are the nicest?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare the two court decisions, Brown v. Board of Education and Plessy v. Ferguson.

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 Kozol describe the neighborhoods in which the urban schools he visited were located?

4. How does Kozol describe the Lawndale neighborhood?

5. Describe the urban public school that Kozol taught in while in Boston.

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

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

8. Why does the author think that many wealthy people think it is okay if poor children receive fewer advantages?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book Savage Inequalities depicts the inequalities that exist in the nation's public schools. What two problems seem to be common among the school systems that Kozol describes in the book? Describe these two problems and why they are considered problems. What suggestions would you make to improve these problems? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Kozol visits schools where teachers and administrators admit to sending their children to schools other than the one where they teach. What reasons do they give for sending their children to other schools? What is the significance of teachers at poor inner city schools sending their children to suburban public schools or more affluent urban public schools? What theme does this represent? 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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