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

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

3. 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.

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

5. 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 sparks a valuable debate.
(d) It leads to more confusion than clarity.

6. What does Codell secretly dream about being, rather than a teacher?
(a) Climatologist.
(b) Television personality.
(c) Opera singer.
(d) Professional softball player.

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

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

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

10. 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.

11. 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 B. B. deserved all the beatings his mother gave him.
(d) She says she wishes B. B. was not in her class.

12. What teaching guidelines are given to the school by the Michael Jordan Foundation?
(a) The Slam Dunk Doctrines.
(b) The 3-Pointers of Success.
(c) The Jordan Rules.
(d) The Championship Way.

13. How long did Esme Codell work at the first school she taught at?
(a) Two years.
(b) As of the Epilogue, she continues to teach there to this day.
(c) Ten years.
(d) One year.

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

15. Why doesn't Codell respond favorably to the educational chiropractor?
(a) She wishes to sign her name "Madame Esme," and the educational chiropractor discourages this.
(b) She thinks the rules being proposed are much too harsh for the students.
(c) She believes her classroom seating arrangement is just fine without someone interfering.
(d) She doesn't believe in the curriculum conformity he advocates.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Codell teach Melanie to control her destructive urges?

2. How long after the events in the journal does Codell write her Epilogue?

3. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about medieval history.

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

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

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