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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 is "dual captivity?"

2. What happened if a student did not hand in their best work?

3. What happened to the Flats in the 1980's?

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

5. What quality did Mrs. Zajac think Pam displayed that was most important for a new teacher?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Alphonse Laudato? What kind of job did he have at Kelly School? Did Mrs. Zajac like him? Why or why not?

2. 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?

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

4. How did the students respond to Miss Hunt's leaving the class once her student teaching time was over? How did Mrs. Zajac respond? Which students surprised Mrs. Zajac when they were sad to see Miss Hunt go?

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. What were some of the tips Mrs. Zajac gives Pam Hunt before her three days teaching in the classroom alone?

10. Where was Mrs. Zajac born, and where did she grow up? What did her father do for a living? What was a unique quality about the town in which she was born?

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

Mrs. Zajac's classroom had many Puerto Rican students in it. How were Puerto Ricans treated in Holyoke? How were they represented in the school? What were some of the things Mrs. Zajac did to honor the Puerto Rican students in her class, and their culture?

Essay Topic 3

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

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