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. Which is NOT one of the reasons, according to Jim Trelease, that Educating Esme is "terribly relevant"?
(a) Although Codell's students didn't learn the "right" things, they had a ton of fun along the way.
(b) It provides a realistic snapshot of American education.
(c) Codell is young, and represents the future.
(d) Codell was a success, and her students learned.

2. In Codell's reading group method, what role does the "practical predictor" play?
(a) Making questions up about the book.
(b) Guessing what comes next in the plot of the book.
(c) Reading passages out loud.
(d) Defining difficult words in the text.

3. Which student does Codell want as her little sister?
(a) Esther.
(b) Vanessa.
(c) Asha.
(d) Samantha.

4. What best describes Codell's approach to disciplining children?
(a) Teachers should do little to no disciplining; disciplining stifles creativity.
(b) Teachers should only do mild disciplining; principals should handle true problem children.
(c) Codell longs for the days in which teachers could physically discipline students, because it was so effective.
(d) The bulk of a teachers' efforts should be put toward discipline.

5. 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 scores third-best out of all the fifth-grade classes in the school.
(d) The class performs poorly, and Codell is disappointed and disillusioned.

6. What is the stated purpose of the "educational chiropractor" early in Part III?
(a) To "massage" the teachers' union into agreeing to lesser pay.
(b) To "align" the teachers' curriculum.
(c) To "straighten out" the student body.
(d) To "work out the kinks" in school rules.

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

8. Which word best completes the following Codell phrase: So much of teaching is _____.
(a) Constructing bulletin boards.
(b) Sharing.
(c) Tolerating bad behavior.
(d) Taking attendance.

9. Why is Codell impressed with her students when they have a field trip to the Historical Society?
(a) They make sure to carefully read the plaques on display.
(b) They are using knowledge learned in class in the real world.
(c) They are exceedingly polite to the society's staff.
(d) They do not steal anything the entire day.

10. How does the teachers union representative react to Codell's request to become a representative?
(a) The representative tells Codell that she is too young to become a representative.
(b) The representative thinks that a rookie teacher is making an inappropriate power grab.
(c) The representative agrees to ask the local union leader about the switch, but nothing transpires.
(d) The representative is happy to pass along such a burdensome responsibility.

11. Why do Ozzie's grades plummet?
(a) Ozzie has developed dyslexia.
(b) Ozzie has joined a gang.
(c) Ozzie is malnourished.
(d) His mother's ex-boyfriend is verbally and physically abusive.

12. What is the former occupation of Esme's current principal (as of the Epilogue)?
(a) Army colonel.
(b) School librarian.
(c) Civil engineer.
(d) College professor.

13. What is Mr. Turner's criticism of the Storyteller Festival?
(a) The stories chosen are much too long.
(b) The students don't seem involved, and Codell should probably have chosen better stories.
(c) It is rowdy, and probably should have been held in the commons area and not the library.
(d) Codell is exploring race relations with the chosen stories, which is too adult a matter to deal with.

14. In the Afterword, how does the chairman of the State Board of Education act when he visits a school?
(a) He acts like he is royalty.
(b) He acts extremely enthusiastic.
(c) He acts humble.
(d) He acts cold and indifferent.

15. According to Codell, what is "education's best-kept secret"?
(a) If parents were more involved in teaching, it would actually make things worse.
(b) Teachers being personally invested in their teaching methods make them accountable.
(c) Principals do absolutely nothing to help teachers.
(d) A sticker award system will make fifth-graders more motivated to learn than anything else.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the end of Part II, what is Codell's ultimate career aspiration?

2. What does Esme think about the physical appearance of her former students at the graduation ceremony?

3. What is the result of Codell's conference with Rowisha, B. B.'s mother?

4. Which child is especially shy about being a storyteller?

5. What special guest(s) arrive(s) for the Storyteller Festival?

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