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 Kozol, students in what racial group are more often categorized as retarded?

2. 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?

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

4. Where is Camden ranked in terms of its number of poor people as compared to other states in the U.S.?

5. Which school did President George H.W. Bush attend?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe the Milliken v. Bradley case's appeal to Supreme Court.

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

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

5. Describe PS 261.

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

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

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

Chapter 6 is entitled, The Dream Deferred, Again, in San Antonio. What dream was Kozol referring to and how was it deferred again? Who or what caused the dream to be deferred? Is there any way to save the dream from being deferred? If not, how could the dream be revitalized after being deferred? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Kozol has his class read Langston Hughes poem, A Dream Deferred. Based on Kozol's interviews, how does this poem apply to the lives of the children Kozol visits in the urban public school systems? Why would their dreams be deferred? What happens to those students whose dreams are deferred? 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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