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. According to the principal, how much does Woodrow Wilson spend yearly on each student?

2. What is the only bright, clean building in the Camden area?

3. What is the dropout rate for Woodrow Wilson High School?

4. Who does the press hail as the answer to solving local school problems?

5. According to Kozol, what does the city of New York supply each ghetto school with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Hoe does Kozol describe Camden, New Jersey?

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

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

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

5. How does the judge respond to the class-action suit filed by the parent's of Raymond Abbot?

6. Why does Kozol think that inner city problems would not be totally solved by better schools?

7. Name three specific examples of overcrowding in New Jersey public schools.

8. How do the suburban schools in New York compare to the urban schools in New York?

9. 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?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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