Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools Test | Final 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. What is the fate of Raymond Abbot long after the court's decision is rendered?

2. What racial group makes up 92 percent of the children that attend the public schools in Washington, D.C.?

3. What does Kozol say Camden's entire property wealth of $250 million is less than the value of?

4. Who said that Americans allow all of their children the things they need to compete at the highest levels of success?

5. Which school did President George H.W. Bush attend?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kozol describe the two worlds of Washington, D.C.?

2. How does Kozol describe the D.C. school system?

3. Where does Delabian Rice-Thurston say the rich and middle class in Washington, D.C. try to send their children to school? Why don't the poor parents send their children to the same schools?

4. What three Supreme Court justices wrote dissents for the Milliken v. Bradley case? Why did each dissent?

5. What problems do highly selective schools create in New York? Why do they create these problems?

6. How are test scores in math and reading determined? How do the determination of these scores affect children in poor schools?

7. Describe PS 261.

8. Hoe does Kozol describe Camden, New Jersey?

9. How does Kozol describe the situation at Asbury Park and Irvington?

10. Why would the students at Woodrow Wilson High want to remain there rather than attending a school with better resources?

Essay Topics

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

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

Why does Kozol get mad at business leaders who have the capability to assist poor urban public schools? What do business leaders do to contribute to the systematic problems that exist in the public school system? How do legislators contribute to the problems that exist in the public school system? Please use specific examples from the book.

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