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. Who are the manual arts classes in the Riverdale school reserved for?

2. What state is Camden located in?

3. What does Kozol say the high math and reading test scores in America are based on?

4. At what age does the principal in Anacostia say many of the boys in her school will be dead?

5. What issue do PS261 and PS79 share?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why do public schools in certain areas of New York suffer more than others?

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. Who is Joe Clark? What role did he play in the New Jersey public school system?

8. How does Kozol describe the Anacostia neighborhood where Harper and her mother live?

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

10. What resources do the teachers at Pyne Point Junior High lack? How do the teachers improvise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In the chapter entitled, The Savage Inequalities of Public Education in New York, Kozol travels to two schools that have issues with space. What limitations does the issue of space put on the teachers, students, and administrators? What future issues could arise because of the limited space at the schools? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Kozol focuses on state and federal regulation of schools. In what ways do the states regulate the schools? In what ways does the federal government regulate American school system? How are these responsibilities divided amongst the state and federal entities? Please use specific examples from the book.

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