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 Bonita Brodt, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, who is the president in the textbooks that the students are reading at Goudy Elementary School?

2. What happened to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s home in Lawndale after he moved?

3. According to Kozol, when visiting urban public schools who refused to take him to the neighborhoods were the schools were located?

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

5. What statistic does Kozol give for the number of births in East St. Louis to single mothers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the urban public school that Kozol taught in while in Boston.

4. 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?

5. How does Kozol describe East St. Louis?

6. How does Kozol describe the Lawndale neighborhood?

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

8. What problems exist at Martin Luther King High School in East St. Louis?

9. Compare Baldwin's experience teaching in the urban school district in Boston and the suburban school district west of Boston.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In various areas, Kozol speaks with adults about the health of the students that attend the poor urban schools and that live in the community. What types of illnesses do the adults mention children having in the various cities that Kozol visits? How do the students get these illnesses? Based on the book, how do you think these illness effect children's education? What can be done to improve the health of students in these various urban cities? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

In the Forward of the book, Kozol refers to the Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education. What is the significance of the Brown v. Board decision? According to the book, how has the school system remained the same since the judgment? What changes have been made since the Brown v. Board decision? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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