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. Why doesn't Codell alert administration when one of her students brings a baby brother to school?
(a) She figures having a baby in the class will be a valuable teaching moment.
(b) She is afraid Mr. Turner might turn the baby over to Child Protective Services.
(c) She is afraid of the potential consequences for the student in question.
(d) She loves babies, and is happy to tend to the child for the day.

2. What kind of film does Codell show for sexual education?
(a) A Discovery channel series about sexual reproduction in the animal kingdom.
(b) A film clip from the Michael Douglas film Basic Instinct.
(c) Basketball star Magic Johnson talking about how he acquired HIV.
(d) A cartoon of two goldfish mixing egg and sperm.

3. 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) Mr. Turner happens to be friends with B. B.'s father.
(c) B. B. has otherwise been an exemplary student, and his misbehavior is isolated.
(d) He believes that at-risk blacks should be given a break, given their circumstances.

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

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

6. What song does Codell hear in her mind when she has recess duty?
(a) "Stoney End" by Laura Nyro.
(b) "Cinderella's Departure for the Ball" by Prokofiev.
(c) "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" by B. J. Thomas.
(d) "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly and the Family Stone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. 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 help her write a screenplay about being a vice principal.
(c) Ms. Coil asks Codell to lend her five-hundred dollars for rent.
(d) Ms. Coil asks Codell to help move furniture in her apartment.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which student, according to Codell, is "an old lady in disguise"?

2. Which student does Codell believe has the potential to become a children's book illustrator?

3. How many stages does Codell create as part of her Storyteller Festival?

4. What teaching guidelines are given to the school by the Michael Jordan Foundation?

5. What kind of people too often dominate public education, according to Trelease?

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