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 does Codell allow Kyle to do in order to perform better at math?
(a) Go to the bathroom to splash water on his face.
(b) Run two circles around the classroom.
(c) Stand on his head.
(d) Yell at the top of his lungs.

2. Who brings her two-year-old brother to school one day?
(a) Zykrecia.
(b) Vanessa.
(c) Maurissa.
(d) Asha.

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

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

5. Which child is especially shy about being a storyteller?
(a) Maurissa.
(b) B. B.
(c) Ozzie.
(d) Serena.

6. Why is Codell's day spoiled on April 11th?
(a) Random gunfire erupts in the street, and a classroom window is shot out.
(b) Someone stole a pack of stickers.
(c) Chicago experiences the worst rainstorm in fifty years.
(d) Mr. Turner reports her to the union for insubordination.

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

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

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

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

11. 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 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.

12. Why does Codell compare teaching to a bottle cap in her poem "How to Teach Learning"?
(a) Learning is incredibly difficult, just like trying to twist a bottle cap off.
(b) Learning is like uncapping the mind to a world of knowledge.
(c) Learning is a series of ups and downs, like the ridges on the side of a bottle cap.
(d) Like a soda bottle cap that might announce "You are a winner!" learning should be special and surprising.

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

14. When Mr. Turner sees Codell and several of her students wearing saris, what does he think?
(a) He believes Codell is having a cultural festival.
(b) He believes Codell is performing an open act of defiance.
(c) He believes Codell is a terrible influence on her students.
(d) He believes Codell is mocking his own wearing of a sari two weeks earlier.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the stated purpose of the "educational chiropractor" early in Part III?

2. What is the former occupation of Esme's current principal (as of the Epilogue)?

3. What best describes Codell's approach to disciplining children?

4. What kind of film does Codell show for sexual education?

5. According to Esme, how do her new students in her new school (as of the Epilogue) behave?

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