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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 was Mrs. Zajac's maiden name?

2. What did Clarence say on his way out of his after-school meeting with Mrs. Zajac on Friday afternoon?

3. What were the two things the city of Holyoke was known for?

4. What did Dick say to a classmate one day about Mrs. Zajac?

5. What did the principal of Kelly School identify as one of his better skills?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the work conditions for female teachers of the late 19th and 20th centuries?

2. How did Mrs. Zajac begin her school day? What did she teach in the mornings? Why was this a challenge?

3. What was Mrs. Zajac's favorite saying, or mantra, to her students? What does she want her students to understand about learning?

4. What were the demographics of Kelly School? Were they in line with the demographics of the community? What else do we know about the families attending Kelly School?

5. In the first chapter, what does the reader learn about Mrs. Zajac? How old is she? How long has she been a teacher? Does she have a family?

6. What is the concept of "dual captivity"?

7. What were Mrs. Zajac's concerns about Pedro? What was his behavior like in class? What plan did she come up with learn more about Pedro?

8. What is the subject of Kidder's story? Is it fiction or non-fiction? How does he go about learning about his subject?

9. What are "cume" folders? Why do teachers have them? What goes into them? How does Mrs. Zajac use the cumes and why?

10. Clarence continued to be a concern in Mrs. Zajac's class. What kinds of things did Clarence do that were of concern to Mrs. Zajac? How did these behaviors contrast with others in the classroom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the Science Fair, Mrs. Zajac decided to speak to Al about rethinking the fair because it may not be appropriate for Kelly School. Later, when she saw the disappointment and frustration of the students who did not receive an award, she told herself to remember to give all students awards next time. Why did she think a science fair might not be appropriate for the school? Explain how Mrs. Zajac could feel both things simultaneously. What does this say about her as a teacher?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the Puerto Rican and white cultures as evidenced in church, in school, and in the city of Holyoke.

Essay Topic 3

There are many differences in teaching in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and teaching today. There are also many things in teaching that have remained relatively the same for over a hundred years. Discuss the changes and the constants between teaching in the past and teaching today.

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