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. According to Jim Trelease, what kind of portrayal is Educating Esme, with respect to American education?
(a) Realistic.
(b) Hyperbolic.
(c) Sentimental.
(d) Satirical.

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

3. According to the end of Part II, what is Codell's ultimate career aspiration?
(a) She wants to be a school librarian.
(b) She wishes to join the teachers' union full-time.
(c) She wishes to become a school principal.
(d) She wishes to remain a teacher of fifth-graders.

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

5. How long after the events in the journal does Codell write her Epilogue?
(a) Three weeks.
(b) Two months.
(c) Three years.
(d) Twelve years.

6. What kind of school did Esme transfer to after the school of her first year of teaching?
(a) A technical trade college.
(b) A suburban school with mostly minorities.
(c) A white, suburban school.
(d) A black, inner-city school.

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

8. Which student does Codell believe has the potential to become a children's book illustrator?
(a) Ashworth.
(b) Serena.
(c) B. B.
(d) Shira.

9. According to Esme, how do her new students in her new school (as of the Epilogue) behave?
(a) Like spoiled brats.
(b) Like gangster thugs.
(c) Like little angels.
(d) Like weird aliens.

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

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

12. What conflict resolution does Kyle agree to with Zykrecia?
(a) Kyle will bring her lunch for a week.
(b) Kyle agrees to return the pencil he stole.
(c) Kyle agrees to never speak to Zykrecia again.
(d) Kyle agrees to bake her a cupcake for her upcoming birthday.

13. 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 is ogling young female teachers, which sickens Codell.
(c) Mr. Turner is unusually reserved.
(d) Mr. Turner appears to have changed, and his speech was actually quite stirring.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Esme think about the physical appearance of her former students at the graduation ceremony?

4. What does Jim Trelease blame for poor reading scores in "a certain western state"?

5. What gift does Akila give to Codell?

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