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. In the Epilogue, what emotion does Esme associate with her former students?
(a) Euphoria.
(b) Regret.
(c) Bitterness.
(d) Anger.

2. In Codell's reading group method, what role does the "language lover" play?
(a) Making questions up about the book.
(b) Reading passages out loud.
(c) Guessing what comes next in the plot of the book.
(d) Defining difficult words in the text.

3. What misbehavior does Melanie have a propensity to commit?
(a) Beating up kids.
(b) Stealing.
(c) Exposing herself to others.
(d) Arson.

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

5. What does prefabricated curriculum lead to, in Codell's opinion?
(a) The rise of only good teachers, because even the best teachers need state guidelines.
(b) Either good teachers skillfully adapting it to their needs, or bad teachers using it as a crutch.
(c) Both good and bad teachers ignoring mandates completely.
(d) The rise of only bad teachers, because the curriculum is stifling and uncreative.

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

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

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

9. How does Codell teach Melanie to control her destructive urges?
(a) Codell calls a parent-teacher conference to explain the issue to Melanie's mother.
(b) Codell tells her that when she has a "funny feeling" in her stomach telling her to commit a crime, she should find Codell instead.
(c) Codell tells Melanie to think about sitting on the beach in Hawaii, rather than committing the crime.
(d) Codell refuses to let Melanie check out any books from the classroom library unless Melanie stops.

10. 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.

11. What important test does Codell's class take on May 13th?
(a) The California Assessment of Learning.
(b) The Federal Standardized Exam.
(c) The Iowa Standardized Test of Basic Skills.
(d) The Illinois Standardized Test of Academic Proficiency.

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

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

14. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about medieval history.
(a) Read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and act out some of the stories.
(b) Have a mock jousting tournament.
(c) Make a diagram of all the parts of a knight's armor.
(d) Make a castle out of marshmallows.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which best describes an aspect of Codell's philosophy of reading out loud to the class?

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

3. According to the educational chiropractor, how many units can a teacher teach per school year?

4. How long did Esme Codell work at the first school she taught at?

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

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