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. According to Kozol, whose responsibility is it to supply all children with equally good schools?

2. According to Reverend Jim Wolff, who moved in to North Lawndale when businesses moved out?

3. What grade did Kozol teach while he was at the urban school in Boston?

4. What year did Kozol begin teaching in Boston?

5. Approximately how many neighborhoods did Kozol visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 is employment limited in East St. Louis?

4. What problem exists at Lathrop Elementary School, and what is the source of this problem?

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

6. What is there for residents to do in East St. Louis for fun?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kozol has his class read Langston Hughes poem, A Dream Deferred. Based on Kozol's interviews, how does this poem apply to the lives of the children Kozol visits in the urban public school systems? Why would their dreams be deferred? What happens to those students whose dreams are deferred? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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