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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, what is the estimated worth of the education a child receives in the inner city of New York?
2. What term does Harper describe as "you crawl along the street and look for rocks. You look for rocks that other people spill. You crawl along your knees..."
3. What state is Camden located in?
4. What are two of the problems that Vernon Dover, principal of Pyne Point Junior High, tells Kozol exist at his school?
5. What did the press report soon after Kozol's visit to the Anacostia elementary school?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the judge respond to the class-action suit filed by the parent's of Raymond Abbot?
2. How does Kozol describe the Anacostia neighborhood where Harper and her mother live?
3. Why would the students at Woodrow Wilson High want to remain there rather than attending a school with better resources?
4. How do the children attending public schools in the suburbs of New York that Kozol interviews feel about sharing funding and resources with children at urban public schools?
5. Who is Joe Clark? What role did he play in the New Jersey public school system?
6. Describe PS 261.
7. What similarity exist between selective schools in New York and Chicago?
8. Why does Kozol think that inner city problems would not be totally solved by better schools?
9. How are test scores in math and reading determined? How do the determination of these scores affect children in poor schools?
10. What problems do highly selective schools create in New York? Why do they create these problems?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the urban public school systems in New York and Camden. How are these two urban school systems similar? How are they different? Please use specific examples from the book? Please use specific examples from the book.
Essay Topic 2
In his interviews, Kozol asks several individuals what they think is the answer to better schools. Based on the book Savage Inequalities, what are some of the ways to better schools? How can these ways be implemented in the schools/communities? 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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