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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. When was the one time Mrs. Zajac cried in class?

2. What was the Highland Dingle?

3. What is "dual captivity?"

4. What were the other subjects students had in the afternoons in Mrs. Zajac's class?

5. What was the favorite book Mrs. Zajac was reading to her students after recess daily?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Clarence's behavior change in the first three days of school? What was Mrs. Zajac's reaction? What were Clarence's consequences for his behavior? What does Mrs. Zajac finally decide to do?

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

3. 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?

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

5. What were the afternoons like for Mrs. Zajac? Why were they easier for her?

6. What was the name of Mrs. Zajac's school and where was it located? What did we know about the school? What was the make-up of the student body in her classroom?

7. 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?

8. When and where did Mrs. Zajac have time to grade her social studies papers? What trend did Mrs. Zajac see in her students' performance? Who in particular had made real strides in class and homework? Who had not done so well?

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

10. What kind of parent participation did Mrs. Zajac receive from her students' families? How did she respond to this situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does Al Laudato play in Kidder's book? Is he an important part of Mrs. Zajac's success as a teacher? Why?

Essay Topic 2

What are some of the qualities of a good teacher that Kidder presents through the teacher Mrs. Zajac? Are there any overarching qualities necessary to be a good teacher in Kidder's opinion? What are they and why does he believe those qualities to be important?

Essay Topic 3

Much of the story of Kelly School's fifth grade class involved Mrs. Zajac and her work with Clarence. Do you believe Mrs. Zajac did all she could do for Clarence and made the right call by having him removed from the class? Or, do you think she should have kept Clarence in the room and continued to try and help him? Support your answer.

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