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 types of schools does the Chicago public school system lack?

2. What year did Kozol begin teaching in Boston?

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

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

5. Who authored the poem that one of the most embittered students in Kozol's class memorized?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. Why does Kozol condemn business leaders and legislators for not improving public education?

8. What financial cuts are proposed for the schools in East St. Louis? Why do cuts have to be made to the schools in East St. Louis? Who is responsible for making the cuts?

9. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

10. Compare Coral Hawkins to the gospel teacher at Mary McLeod Bethune School.

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

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 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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