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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is the plot of the story "The Pudding Like the Night on the Sea"?
(a) A father threatens to whip and beat his son, but it turns out that the "whipping" and "beating" involve making pudding.
(b) A schoolgirl imagines that her pudding is the ocean, and she daydreams about a fantastic sea voyage.
(c) A pudding comes to life to terrorize a small town.
(d) A pudding cup joins with other food items to defeat a rotten piece of cheese.
2. According to Esme, how do her new students in her new school (as of the Epilogue) behave?
(a) Like spoiled brats.
(b) Like weird aliens.
(c) Like gangster thugs.
(d) Like little angels.
3. Why does Codell compare teaching to a bottle cap in her poem "How to Teach Learning"?
(a) Learning is a series of ups and downs, like the ridges on the side of a bottle cap.
(b) Learning is like uncapping the mind to a world of knowledge.
(c) Like a soda bottle cap that might announce "You are a winner!" learning should be special and surprising.
(d) Learning is incredibly difficult, just like trying to twist a bottle cap off.
4. How long after the events in the journal does Codell write her Epilogue?
(a) Two months.
(b) Three years.
(c) Three weeks.
(d) Twelve years.
5. What best describes Codell's approach to disciplining children?
(a) Codell longs for the days in which teachers could physically discipline students, because it was so effective.
(b) Teachers should only do mild disciplining; principals should handle true problem children.
(c) The bulk of a teachers' efforts should be put toward discipline.
(d) Teachers should do little to no disciplining; disciplining stifles creativity.
6. Who brings her two-year-old brother to school one day?
7. In Codell's reading group method, what role does the "literary luminary" play?
(a) Guessing what comes next in the plot of the book.
(b) Reading passages out loud.
(c) Making questions up about the book.
(d) Defining difficult words in the text.
8. Why is Latoya consistently late to school in the second week of April?
(a) Latoya's mother has been beating her, and she cannot get out of bed until late every morning.
(b) Latoya is silently protesting the idea of coming to school.
(c) She is now living with her biological father, and must take a bus instead of walking.
(d) Her family has been moved to a shelter, and she must take the train instead of walking.
9. According to Jim Trelease, what kind of portrayal is Educating Esme, with respect to American education?
10. How does the class do on the yearly standardized tests the district administers?
(a) The class scores best out of all the fifth-grade classes in the school.
(b) The class scores the best in the state.
(c) The class performs poorly, and Codell is disappointed and disillusioned.
(d) The class scores third-best out of all the fifth-grade classes in the school.
11. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about Asia?
(a) Stage a kabuki theater play.
(b) Make sushi.
(c) Dress as samurai.
(d) Make a kimono.
12. What misbehavior does Melanie have a propensity to commit?
(c) Beating up kids.
(d) Exposing herself to others.
13. Why is Codell impressed with her students when they have a field trip to the Historical Society?
(a) They do not steal anything the entire day.
(b) They make sure to carefully read the plaques on display.
(c) They are using knowledge learned in class in the real world.
(d) They are exceedingly polite to the society's staff.
14. What does Codell come to realize about the teaching education she received?
(a) It did little to prepare her for the realities of teaching children.
(b) It was invaluable, and surprisingly effective at preparing her for all sorts of emergencies.
(c) It was entirely too expensive considering its true value.
(d) It was the best time of her young life.
15. What is the purpose of the class making a patchwork quilt?
(a) To teach about inventors.
(b) To teach about the flowers of the fifty states.
(c) To teach about long division.
(d) To teach about the Underground Railroad.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the "last straw" that causes Codell to force Mr. Turner to suspend B. B.?
2. In Codell's reading group method, what role does the "language lover" play?
3. What does Codell allow Kyle to do in order to perform better at math?
4. What gift does Akila give to Codell?
5. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about medieval history.
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