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Esmé Raji Codell
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Codell's true intention in using the time machine?
(a) By thinking about different years and traveling through time, students will learn math concepts.
(b) The time machine provides a "time out" for misbehaving students.
(c) She feels that reading is a kind of time travel.
(d) Doing work alone in the time machine will make the day seem to go faster for bored students.

2. How does Codell respond to Billy Williams when the boy claims that he hates her?
(a) "No matter how you feel about me, I will always love you."
(b) "I'm not crazy about you either, kid, but we have to find a way to stand one another."
(c) "Every time you say you hate me, I'm going to give you an extra homework problem."
(d) "Every time you say that, you hurt my heart and make me sad."

3. Part I begins with a letter to potential fifth-graders written by whom?
(a) Esme Codell.
(b) Melanie.
(c) Ismene Siteles.
(d) Mr. Turner.

4. Why does Codell fear that student B. B. will be chosen as the first student to use the time machine?
(a) B. B. is described as a "hopeless daydreamer," and B. B. may refuse to leave the machine once inside.
(b) B. B. is known for violence, and may destroy the time machine.
(c) B. B. is afraid of the dark, and using the time machine involves being in the dark.
(d) B. B. is described as a "terrible realist" who may not buy into the fantasy she's trying to create.

5. What occurs on the bus ride to the university science fair on October 13?
(a) Codell must break up a fight between two female students.
(b) The bus suffers a flat tire, and the students miss the fair.
(c) The bus is attacked by gang members, who throw rocks at the windows.
(d) The students manage to finish a lengthy "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" sing-a-long.

6. What does Codell use the Thinking Cap for?
(a) She puts it on students so they can take extra time to give a good answer.
(b) She claims that if students concentrate hard enough with the cap on, they will become smarter.
(c) She places potpourri and incense in the cap, allowing the wearer to benefit from aromatherapy.
(d) She makes troublemaking students wear it, so they can think about what they've done.

7. Who provides Codell with an explanation as to why her substitute got stabbed in the back with a pencil?
(a) Ozzie.
(b) Serena.
(c) Billy Williams.
(d) Ruben.

8. According to Codell, what is Miss Clark's flaw as a teacher?
(a) Miss Clark is hopelessly disorganized, and never has a solid lesson plan in place.
(b) Miss Clark spoils her children and desperately wants to be liked.
(c) Miss Clark is much too harsh, considering her urban students less than human.
(d) Miss Clark cares more about her boyfriend than about teaching, and she is lazy.

9. Which of the following is NOT an activity Codell describes her class doing for Halloween?
(a) Reading The Bat-Poet and studying bats.
(b) Dramatizing the book Old Devil Wind for a kindergarten class.
(c) Holding a mummy-wrapping race.
(d) Dressing up as ghosts and playing a prank on a second-grade class.

10. What gift does Codell buy for Melanie for her birthday?
(a) A child-sized purse.
(b) A backpack.
(c) A pack of lip glosses in various flavors.
(d) A Webster's Dictionary.

11. How does the student Codell makes teacher for the day start the morning?
(a) The student tries to attack another student making fun of him or her.
(b) The student hides in the bathroom, not wanting to participate.
(c) The student stabs Codell with a pencil.
(d) The student eagerly waits at the front door, clipboard in hand.

12. Why do school administrators reject Codell's proposal for the Fairy Tale Festival?
(a) Administrators cannot agree on the day to have the festival.
(b) Many of Codell's proposals pose a danger to safety.
(c) The festival is too ambitious.
(d) The subject matter is inappropriate in a school setting.

13. Who ultimately says "No" to Codell's proposal for the Fairy Tale Festival?
(a) Ismene Siteles.
(b) Ms. Coil.
(c) Miss Clark.
(d) Mr. Turner.

14. What poem, dedicated to Brandi, does Codell make her October 19th entry?
(a) How to Draw an Invisible Dragon.
(b) How to Fold a Paper Snowflake.
(c) How to Tame a Tiger.
(d) How to Teach Impossible Students.

15. What does Codell find is particularly effective when it comes to teaching about Nazism?
(a) She chooses a well-respected history book on the subject to read aloud with the class.
(b) She chooses to show a brief film clip of Hitler delivering a speech.
(c) She compares Nazis to Ku Klux Klan members, giving the children a group they are more familiar with.
(d) She decides to skip the teaching of Nazis; her class is simply too young.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Esme Codell when given a job at the public school at the start of the book?

2. Which student becomes teacher for a day, swapping places with Codell?

3. Why is Codell angry after she breaks up a fight between two girls on December 8th?

4. What was Codell's impression of prostitutes on her block as a young child?

5. On the first day of school, how does Codell determine where the students will sit?

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