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 PS261 daily?

2. According to Delabian Rice Thurston, where do the rich in Washington, D.C. try to send their children?

3. What types of courses does the principal at Woodrow Wilson High School say he is unable to provide his students?

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

5. How many students attend Camden High School?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe PS 261.

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

According to Kozol, non-white leaders are often picked to solve local school problems. Why is it assumed that non-white leaders are the best candidate to solve the problems of local urban school systems? Who would be the best candidate(s) to solve the local school problems? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Kozol points out that racial discrimination is the cause of many of the inequalities that exist in the public school system. However, some of the individuals that he interviews think that it's a socioeconomic issue and not a race issue. Based on the book Savage Inequalities, are the problems that exist in urban public schools caused by racial discrimination, socioeconomic status, or both. Why? Provide at least three detailed reasons for your answer. Please use specific examples from the book.

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