Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools Test | Lesson Plans 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. According to Kozol, when are citizens given $400 in exchange for a release from liability?

2. According to Kozol, whose real names are used in the book Savage Inequalities?

3. In what year was the decision in Plessy v. Ferguson rendered?

4. What is the population of the town of Sauget?

5. Why does Kozol introduce his class to poetry?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kozol describe the D.C. school system?

2. Describe the Milliken v. Bradley case's appeal to Supreme Court.

3. How does Kozol describe East St. Louis?

4. Describe the Rodriguez class-action suit.

5. Explain the notion of a "low foundation" in regards to a Foundation Program. Explain the notion of a "minimum."

6. 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?

7. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

8. What resources do the teachers at Pyne Point Junior High lack? How do the teachers improvise?

9. How does Kozol describe the Anacostia neighborhood where Harper and her mother live?

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

Essay 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

Chapter 6 is entitled, The Dream Deferred, Again, in San Antonio. What dream was Kozol referring to and how was it deferred again? Who or what caused the dream to be deferred? Is there any way to save the dream from being deferred? If not, how could the dream be revitalized after being deferred? 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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