Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools Test | Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the school administrator at Morris High School in the South Bronx encourage the supposedly slow children to express themselves?

3. How long do some of the students at Morris High School think it will be before blacks and whites work together to better public education?

4. What is the fate of Raymond Abbot long after the court's decision is rendered?

5. What is the race of the non-white children in the accelerated classes at the school in Riverdale?

Essay Topics

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.

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.

In the Forward of the book, Kozol refers to the Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education. What is the significance of the Brown v. Board decision? According to the book, how has the school system remained the same since the judgment? What changes have been made since the Brown v. Board decision? Please use specific examples from the book.

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