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, how are East St. Louis and Lawndale similar?

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

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

4. According to Kozol, why is eighth-grade graduation highly celebrated in North Lawndale?

5. How do the chemical plants get away with not paying taxes in East St. Louis?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Kozol describe the Lawndale neighborhood?

3. 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?

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

5. What type of health issues exist in East St. Louis? Why do these illnesses exist?

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

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

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

9. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

10. How does Kozol describe East St. Louis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Racial discrimination is a major theme in the book Savage Inequalities. What reasons does Kozol give for racial discrimination being the reason that poor urban schools receive less funding? Why does Kozol think the inequalities have more to do with race than with economics? Do you agree with Kozol's reasons for why the inequalities exist at poor urban schools? Why or why not? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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