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 type of facility is missing from Camden High School?

2. How many of the girls does the principal in Anacostia say will be pregnant by the fifth grade?

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

4. What type of equipment do the students at Pyne Point Junior High use in their typing class?

5. How many districts are New York schools divided into?

Short Essay Questions

1. What similarity exist between selective schools in New York and Chicago?

2. Describe PS 79.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the court ultimately rule in the class-action suit filed in 1981 by parents of school children in East Orange, Camden, Irvington, and Jersey City? What is the reaction of wealthier tax payers?

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

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

In various areas, Kozol speaks with adults about the health of the students that attend the poor urban schools and that live in the community. What types of illnesses do the adults mention children having in the various cities that Kozol visits? How do the students get these illnesses? Based on the book, how do you think these illness effect children's education? What can be done to improve the health of students in these various urban cities? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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