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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 kind of car did Mrs. Zajac drive?

2. What were some of the implements Ancient Greek and Roman teachers used to enforce discipline in the classroom?

3. What prevented Mrs. Zajac from teaching lessons for as long as she wanted?

4. Counting all of her math and reading students, how many students did Mrs. Zajac teach every day?

5. What was Mrs. Zajac's maiden name?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What happened in the 1970's to the town of Holyoke? How did this affect the town and its economy? What plans did the state and local governments come up with to renew Holyoke?

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

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. Why did Clarence immediately catch Mrs. Zajac's eye? What were some of his behaviors in the classroom? What did she and her student teacher Miss Hunt notice about Clarence?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The writer uses many different literary devices to create a dynamic picture of Mrs. Zajac. What different literary devices does the author use to create a three dimensional person of Mrs. Zajac? Give an example of each device you discuss.

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 Mrs. Zajac and her student teacher Miss Hunt. Are there traits they share in common? What are some of the ways the two women contrast each other.

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