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. How many students attend Camden High School?

2. What type of industry was Camden famous for at one point?

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

4. What reason do students give Kozol for dropping out of school in New York?

5. What are two of the problems that Vernon Dover, principal of Pyne Point Junior High, tells Kozol exist at his school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tunisia, a student at Anacostia Elementary School, say that she would do if she had money? Why?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe PS 79.

7. 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?

8. Describe PS 261.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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