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 kind of film does Codell show for sexual education?
(a) A film clip from the Michael Douglas film Basic Instinct.
(b) A Discovery channel series about sexual reproduction in the animal kingdom.
(c) Basketball star Magic Johnson talking about how he acquired HIV.
(d) A cartoon of two goldfish mixing egg and sperm.

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

3. In the Afterword, how does the chairman of the State Board of Education act when he visits a school?
(a) He acts humble.
(b) He acts extremely enthusiastic.
(c) He acts like he is royalty.
(d) He acts cold and indifferent.

4. What is Codell's response when Rowisha tells her about B. B.'s horrible home life?
(a) Codell believes that even bad home circumstances are no excuse for bad behavior at school.
(b) Codell is so moved by the tragic story that she gives Rowisha two hundred dollars.
(c) Codell and Rowisha cry together, and later they become friends.
(d) Codell mocks Rowisha, making matters worse.

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

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

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

8. What unusual request does Ms. Coil make of Codell?
(a) Ms. Coil asks Codell to lend her five-hundred dollars for rent.
(b) Ms. Coil asks Codell to drive her car to the auto mechanic.
(c) Ms. Coil asks Codell to help move furniture in her apartment.
(d) Ms. Coil asks Codell to help her write a screenplay about being a vice principal.

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

10. What is the stated purpose of the "educational chiropractor" early in Part III?
(a) To "straighten out" the student body.
(b) To "work out the kinks" in school rules.
(c) To "massage" the teachers' union into agreeing to lesser pay.
(d) To "align" the teachers' curriculum.

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

12. Why doesn't Codell respond favorably to the educational chiropractor?
(a) She believes her classroom seating arrangement is just fine without someone interfering.
(b) She wishes to sign her name "Madame Esme," and the educational chiropractor discourages this.
(c) She doesn't believe in the curriculum conformity he advocates.
(d) She thinks the rules being proposed are much too harsh for the students.

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

14. 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.

15. Which student, according to Codell, is "an old lady in disguise"?
(a) Esther.
(b) Asha.
(c) Selena.
(d) Vanessa.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Codell, what is "education's best-kept secret"?

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

3. What is the result of Codell's conference with Rowisha, B. B.'s mother?

4. Why did Esme receive a low teacher rating in her second year of teaching?

5. Why does Zykrecia pursue conflict resolution with Kyle?

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