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. What organization gives a teaching award to Codell, as described in the April 7 entry?
(a) Chicago Area Reading Association.
(b) The National Teachers' Association.
(c) The American Organization for Teaching Excellence.
(d) American Civil Liberties Union.

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

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

4. In the Epilogue, what emotion does Esme associate with her former students?
(a) Anger.
(b) Regret.
(c) Euphoria.
(d) Bitterness.

5. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about medieval history.
(a) Read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and act out some of the stories.
(b) Have a mock jousting tournament.
(c) Make a castle out of marshmallows.
(d) Make a diagram of all the parts of a knight's armor.

6. What does JoEllen ask Codell during sexual education?
(a) JoEllen wonders if sex has to take place underwater.
(b) JoEllen wonders if sex involves goldfish.
(c) JoEllen wonders if she will eventually lay an egg.
(d) JoEllen wonders what her mom meant by the term "abortion."

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

8. What kind of people too often dominate public education, according to Trelease?
(a) Haughty, prideful, disconnected people.
(b) People like Esme Codell.
(c) People like Ms. Federman.
(d) Ill-tempered people who are too quick to anger.

9. What animal does Melanie do her vertebrate report on?
(a) Giraffe.
(b) Hyena.
(c) Cat.
(d) Rat.

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

11. Why is Latoya consistently late to school in the second week of April?
(a) Latoya is silently protesting the idea of coming to school.
(b) Her family has been moved to a shelter, and she must take the train instead of walking.
(c) Latoya's mother has been beating her, and she cannot get out of bed until late every morning.
(d) She is now living with her biological father, and must take a bus instead of walking.

12. How is the Fairy Tale Festival related to the Storyteller Festival?
(a) Codell gets to use several ideas from the Storyteller Festival for the Fairy Tale Festival.
(b) Ms. Coil enthusiastically endorses both festivals.
(c) At both festivals, Mr. Turner scolded Codell with entirely minor criticisms.
(d) Codell gets to use several ideas from the Fairy Tale Festival for the Storyteller Festival.

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

14. What conflict resolution does Kyle agree to with Zykrecia?
(a) Kyle agrees to never speak to Zykrecia again.
(b) Kyle agrees to return the pencil he stole.
(c) Kyle will bring her lunch for a week.
(d) Kyle agrees to bake her a cupcake for her upcoming birthday.

15. What is one of the songs Codell hears in her mind when Mr. Turner is frustrating her?
(a) "Perpetuum Mobile" by Novacek.
(b) "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones.
(c) "Nothing from Nothing" by Billy Preston.
(d) "Control Yourself" by Jackie and Roy Kral.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Afterword, how does the chairman of the State Board of Education act when he visits a school?

2. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about light?

3. What ultimate fear does Codell express about Melanie?

4. What award does Codell receive during the events in the book?

5. What is the purpose of the class making a patchwork quilt?

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