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 special guest(s) arrive(s) for the Storyteller Festival?
(a) Connie Porter.
(b) Members of the Chicago Board of Education.
(c) Representatives from the foundation which gave Codell the grant for the festival.
(d) Michael Jordan.

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

3. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about Asia?
(a) Make sushi.
(b) Make a kimono.
(c) Stage a kabuki theater play.
(d) Dress as samurai.

4. Why does B. B. sleep over at Codell's apartment one night?
(a) B. B.'s mother fears violence from her abusive boyfriend.
(b) B. B.'s mother threw him out, and he is homeless for one night before becoming a ward of the state.
(c) B. B. celebrates his birthday with a half dozen other kids who also stay the night.
(d) Codell is rewarding B. B. for winning a game show contest in class.

5. Which student, according to Codell, is "an old lady in disguise"?
(a) Selena.
(b) Vanessa.
(c) Asha.
(d) Esther.

6. Who is Codell especially impressed with, in respect to his or her stitching skills?
(a) Vanessa.
(b) Ashworth.
(c) Ruben.
(d) Zykrecia.

7. Why does Zykrecia pursue conflict resolution with Kyle?
(a) Kyle stole a pink pencil from Zykrecia.
(b) Kyle made a lewd statement to Zykrecia.
(c) Kyle punched her during lunch.
(d) Kyle superglued Zykrecia's locker shut.

8. 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) A sticker award system will make fifth-graders more motivated to learn than anything else.
(d) Principals do absolutely nothing to help teachers.

9. How long after the events in the journal does Codell write her Epilogue?
(a) Twelve years.
(b) Two months.
(c) Three years.
(d) Three weeks.

10. What unusual request does Ms. Coil make of Codell?
(a) Ms. Coil asks Codell to drive her car to the auto mechanic.
(b) Ms. Coil asks Codell to lend her five-hundred dollars for rent.
(c) Ms. Coil asks Codell to help her write a screenplay about being a vice principal.
(d) Ms. Coil asks Codell to help move furniture in her apartment.

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

12. Which best describes an aspect of Codell's philosophy of reading out loud to the class?
(a) The teacher should often stop to have discussions about the text.
(b) The teacher should read words very slowly and loudly.
(c) Any difficult words should be immediately looked up in the dictionary.
(d) Each child should have a book, so they can follow along with the reading.

13. How does Codell prepare her students for the Storytelling Festival?
(a) She gives them voice lessons.
(b) She makes them memorize their stories forwards as well as backwards.
(c) She has them dress as the main character of their story.
(d) She has them practice telling their stories in younger-aged classes.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What gift does Akila give to Codell?

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

3. Why did Esme receive a low teacher rating in her second year of teaching?

4. Why is Codell impressed with her students when they have a field trip to the Historical Society?

5. What is the plot of the story "The Pudding Like the Night on the Sea"?

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