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

2. 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 a terrible influence on her students.
(d) He believes Codell is having a cultural festival.

3. How does Codell teach the students to multiply double-digit numbers?
(a) By having the students create an Aesop's Fable about the numbers.
(b) By creating an elaborate flashcard system.
(c) By staging a Jeopardy-style game show.
(d) By using "cha-cha" dance steps.

4. What is Mr. Turner's criticism of the Storyteller Festival?
(a) The students don't seem involved, and Codell should probably have chosen better stories.
(b) It is rowdy, and probably should have been held in the commons area and not the library.
(c) The stories chosen are much too long.
(d) Codell is exploring race relations with the chosen stories, which is too adult a matter to deal with.

5. In the Epilogue, what is Esme Codell's impression of Mr. Turner?
(a) Mr. Turner is the same prideful blowhard as ever.
(b) Mr. Turner appears to have changed, and his speech was actually quite stirring.
(c) Mr. Turner is unusually reserved.
(d) Mr. Turner is ogling young female teachers, which sickens Codell.

6. 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.

7. Why did Esme receive a low teacher rating in her second year of teaching?
(a) She had a disastrous second annual Storyteller's Festival.
(b) She refused to follow state-mandated curricula.
(c) She was pregnant, and took too many sick days.
(d) Vindictive Mr. Turner punished her for her outspoken nature.

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

9. What does Esme think about the physical appearance of her former students at the graduation ceremony?
(a) They seem huge, like little adults.
(b) They are smaller than she remembers them.
(c) They look very different.
(d) They look just about the same.

10. 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) Codell is rewarding B. B. for winning a game show contest in class.
(c) B. B. celebrates his birthday with a half dozen other kids who also stay the night.
(d) B. B.'s mother fears violence from her abusive boyfriend.

11. What does JoEllen ask Codell during sexual education?
(a) JoEllen wonders what her mom meant by the term "abortion."
(b) JoEllen wonders if she will eventually lay an egg.
(c) JoEllen wonders if sex has to take place underwater.
(d) JoEllen wonders if sex involves goldfish.

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

13. Who is Codell especially impressed with, in respect to his or her stitching skills?
(a) Ashworth.
(b) Zykrecia.
(c) Ruben.
(d) Vanessa.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of school did Esme transfer to after the school of her first year of teaching?

2. Why do Ozzie's grades plummet?

3. According to the end of Part II, what is Codell's ultimate career aspiration?

4. In Codell's reading group method, what role does the "language lover" play?

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

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