Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Jim Trelease, what kind of portrayal is Educating Esme, with respect to American education?
(a) Realistic.
(b) Hyperbolic.
(c) Satirical.
(d) Sentimental.

2. What does Codell come to realize about the teaching education she received?
(a) It was invaluable, and surprisingly effective at preparing her for all sorts of emergencies.
(b) It was the best time of her young life.
(c) It was entirely too expensive considering its true value.
(d) It did little to prepare her for the realities of teaching children.

3. How does the class do on the yearly standardized tests the district administers?
(a) The class scores third-best out of all the fifth-grade classes in the school.
(b) The class performs poorly, and Codell is disappointed and disillusioned.
(c) The class scores the best in the state.
(d) The class scores best out of all the fifth-grade classes in the school.

4. According to the educational chiropractor, how many units can a teacher teach per school year?
(a) 14.
(b) 5.
(c) 9.
(d) 25.

5. Who draws muscle men in his journal?
(a) Ashworth.
(b) Billy Williams.
(c) Ozzie.
(d) Ruben.

6. How does Codell teach the students to multiply double-digit numbers?
(a) By staging a Jeopardy-style game show.
(b) By creating an elaborate flashcard system.
(c) By using "cha-cha" dance steps.
(d) By having the students create an Aesop's Fable about the numbers.

7. What is Codell's response when Rowisha tells her about B. B.'s horrible home life?
(a) Codell is so moved by the tragic story that she gives Rowisha two hundred dollars.
(b) Codell and Rowisha cry together, and later they become friends.
(c) Codell believes that even bad home circumstances are no excuse for bad behavior at school.
(d) Codell mocks Rowisha, making matters worse.

8. How many stages does Codell create as part of her Storyteller Festival?
(a) Four.
(b) Zero.
(c) Two.
(d) One.

9. What does Esme think about the physical appearance of her former students at the graduation ceremony?
(a) They look very different.
(b) They look just about the same.
(c) They seem huge, like little adults.
(d) They are smaller than she remembers them.

10. Why is Codell impressed with her students when they have a field trip to the Historical Society?
(a) They are exceedingly polite to the society's staff.
(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 do not steal anything the entire day.

11. Why doesn't Mr. Turner initially want to suspend B. B.?
(a) Mr. Turner wishes to expel B. B. and only reluctantly agrees to the lesser punishment.
(b) He believes that at-risk blacks should be given a break, given their circumstances.
(c) B. B. has otherwise been an exemplary student, and his misbehavior is isolated.
(d) Mr. Turner happens to be friends with B. B.'s father.

12. Why is Ozzie becoming ill at school?
(a) Fearful of going hungry, Ozzie eats several hamburgers at a time during lunch.
(b) Ozzie is eating Elmer's glue.
(c) Ozzie's nausea is purely psychosomatic.
(d) Ozzie has been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

13. How successful is the film Codell shows for sexual education?
(a) It successfully answers most of the students' questions.
(b) It sparks a valuable debate.
(c) It makes several students cry.
(d) It leads to more confusion than clarity.

14. What does Codell tell B. B., which she later apologizes for?
(a) She says he is acting like a jerk.
(b) She tells B. B. he's very likely to end up in a street gang.
(c) She says B. B. deserved all the beatings his mother gave him.
(d) She says she wishes B. B. was not in her class.

15. What kind of speeches are delivered at the middle school graduation ceremony, according to Codell?
(a) They are noble and uplifting.
(b) They scold the student body for a recent gang incident at the school.
(c) They seem to be pleas to the students not to start a life of crime.
(d) They are funny and endearing.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the teachers union representative react to Codell's request to become a representative?

2. What organization gives a teaching award to Codell, as described in the April 7 entry?

3. Which is NOT one of the reasons, according to Jim Trelease, that Educating Esme is "terribly relevant"?

4. What kind of school did Esme transfer to after the school of her first year of teaching?

5. What is the "last straw" that causes Codell to force Mr. Turner to suspend B. B.?

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