Tracy answered 5 years ago. Check the Inertia fuel cut-off switch and test the actual fuel pressure. A compression test is the best way to tell if the Head Gasket is blown - no, they all don't act the same. I've seen several '93 - '95's drop a Valve seat onto the top of the piston and make a big mess out of the head and combustion chamber in that cylinder - not uncommon.
I'm trying to troubleshoot my parents 97 ford escort, it's a 2. At first every now and then it would bog when you started it up but would be fine while driving. Sometimes it would start up and idle fine. Seemed to be an intermitent problem while idle.
You need spark to the spark plugs. You need fuel to the injectors and both need to happen at precisely the right time. Check the first two and if they are OK see if the timing belt is broke. There could be several reasons why a Ford Escort will not start.