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 much money does Irl Soloman earn at East St. Louis High each year after teaching for nearly 30 years?

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

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

4. According to Carla Hawkins, Chicago's public schools are in short supply of what type of resource?

5. What are the two sources of lead in East St. Louis named in the Life on the Mississippi chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kozol decide to leave teaching and focus on other social issues?

2. 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?

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

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

5. What reasons does Irl Solomon give for young teachers not staying at Martin Luther King Jr. High?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Kozol focuses on state and federal regulation of schools. In what ways do the states regulate the schools? In what ways does the federal government regulate American school system? How are these responsibilities divided amongst the state and federal entities? Please use specific examples from the book.

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