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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 are "cumes"?

2. What does Mrs. Zajac believe is the first prerequisite for discipline?

3. What was unusual about Pedro's uncle who lived with him?

4. Who was Lil?

5. How old was Mrs. Zajac at the time of this book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What subject did Mrs. Zajac's students have on Wednesday afternoons? How was the behavior in the classroom different from other times as the students prepared their Halloween project?

2. 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?

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

4. What are some of the frustrations teachers teaching today face?

5. How was Robert's behavior in class? What were Mrs. Zajac's concerns about both his work and his behavior? What new behaviors had Mrs. Zajac noticed?

6. Why did Mrs. Zajac allow her students to choose their own desks on the first day of school? What message did she want to send to her students? What did she learn about the children by allowing them their choice of seats?

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

8. How did the fifth grade class celebrate the Christmas break? What did Mrs. Zajac give each child as a Christmas gift?

9. What were the specific goals Mrs. Zajac had for all of her students in the fifth grade? Why did she consider these goals important?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following quote and its relevance to the book:

"Teachers usually have no way of knowing that they have made a difference in a child's life, even when they have made a dramatic one. But for children who are used to thinking of themselves as stupid or not worth talking to or deserving rape and beatings, a good teacher can provide an astonishing revelation. A good teacher can give a child at least a chance to feel. 'She thinks I'm worth something. Maybe I am.' "

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