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 best describes Codell's approach to disciplining children?
(a) Teachers should do little to no disciplining; disciplining stifles creativity.
(b) The bulk of a teachers' efforts should be put toward discipline.
(c) Teachers should only do mild disciplining; principals should handle true problem children.
(d) Codell longs for the days in which teachers could physically discipline students, because it was so effective.

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

3. Esme's current principal (as of the Epilogue) has what sort of relationship with Esme?
(a) Positive and supportive.
(b) Esme married her current principal.
(c) Cool and indifferent.
(d) Nasty and strained.

4. Why is Ozzie becoming ill at school?
(a) Ozzie is eating Elmer's glue.
(b) Ozzie has been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
(c) Fearful of going hungry, Ozzie eats several hamburgers at a time during lunch.
(d) Ozzie's nausea is purely psychosomatic.

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

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

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

8. 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 threw him out, and he is homeless for one night before becoming a ward of the state.
(d) B. B.'s mother fears violence from her abusive boyfriend.

9. How is the Fairy Tale Festival related to the Storyteller Festival?
(a) Ms. Coil enthusiastically endorses both festivals.
(b) Codell gets to use several ideas from the Fairy Tale Festival for the Storyteller Festival.
(c) At both festivals, Mr. Turner scolded Codell with entirely minor criticisms.
(d) Codell gets to use several ideas from the Storyteller Festival for the Fairy Tale Festival.

10. Why is Latoya consistently late to school in the second week of April?
(a) Her family has been moved to a shelter, and she must take the train instead of walking.
(b) Latoya is silently protesting the idea of coming to school.
(c) She is now living with her biological father, and must take a bus instead of walking.
(d) Latoya's mother has been beating her, and she cannot get out of bed until late every morning.

11. 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.

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

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

14. What does Jim Trelease blame for poor reading scores in "a certain western state"?
(a) Lazy students.
(b) Lack of library funding.
(c) Lazy teachers.
(d) Inner-city crime.

15. Why does Codell compare teaching to an apple in her poem "How to Teach Learning"?
(a) Learning can take many forms, like an apple can become juice or applesauce.
(b) If a teacher makes learning like a forbidden fruit, students will want it even more, like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
(c) One bad apple (student) can spoil the bunch.
(d) The mind can rot, just like an apple.

Short Answer Questions

1. What important test does Codell's class take on May 13th?

2. Why does B. B. start to misbehave around 1:20 PM every day?

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

4. What unusual request does Ms. Coil make of Codell?

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

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