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. How does the class do on the yearly standardized tests the district administers?
(a) The class scores best out of all the fifth-grade classes in the school.
(b) The class performs poorly, and Codell is disappointed and disillusioned.
(c) The class scores third-best out of all the fifth-grade classes in the school.
(d) The class scores the best in the state.

2. Why is Codell afraid of B. B. returning from suspension?
(a) She is afraid Mr. Turner will doubt that the suspension was necessary at all.
(b) She is afraid B. B. will return with a gun and shoot her.
(c) She is afraid B. B. will decide to quit school altogether.
(d) She is afraid B. B. will beat up Vanessa in an act of revenge.

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

4. According to Codell, what is "education's best-kept secret"?
(a) Principals do absolutely nothing to help teachers.
(b) If parents were more involved in teaching, it would actually make things worse.
(c) Teachers being personally invested in their teaching methods make them accountable.
(d) A sticker award system will make fifth-graders more motivated to learn than anything else.

5. What is the "last straw" that causes Codell to force Mr. Turner to suspend B. B.?
(a) B. B. sneaks into the girls' bathroom.
(b) B. B. calls her a bad name.
(c) B. B. refuses to do his homework.
(d) B. B. steals a book.

6. What is the result of Codell's conference with Rowisha, B. B.'s mother?
(a) Rowisha beats B. B. to the point that Codell punches the woman.
(b) Rowisha never shows, and B. B. feels abandoned.
(c) Rowisha beats B. B. to the ground until he is hysterical.
(d) Rowisha apologizes for her son, B. B. never acts up again, and the conference is a complete success.

7. 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.

8. 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 she wishes B. B. was not in her class.
(c) She says B. B. deserved all the beatings his mother gave him.
(d) She says he is acting like a jerk.

9. What ultimate fear does Codell express about Melanie?
(a) Melanie may be expelled from the district after a hearing.
(b) Melanie will likely have to repeat the fifth grade.
(c) Melanie may grow up to become a felon.
(d) Melanie will fail as a storyteller, and ruin the Storyteller Festival.

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

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

12. What is the plot of the story "The Pudding Like the Night on the Sea"?
(a) A father threatens to whip and beat his son, but it turns out that the "whipping" and "beating" involve making pudding.
(b) A schoolgirl imagines that her pudding is the ocean, and she daydreams about a fantastic sea voyage.
(c) A pudding comes to life to terrorize a small town.
(d) A pudding cup joins with other food items to defeat a rotten piece of cheese.

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

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

15. Why does B. B. sleep over at Codell's apartment one night?
(a) B. B.'s mother threw him out, and he is homeless for one night before becoming a ward of the state.
(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) Codell is rewarding B. B. for winning a game show contest in class.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Codell compare teaching to an apple in her poem "How to Teach Learning"?

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

3. What gift does Codell receive from her students on the last day of school?

4. Esme's current principal (as of the Epilogue) has what sort of relationship with Esme?

5. When Mr. Turner sees Codell and several of her students wearing saris, what does he think?

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