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 does Codell come to realize about the teaching education she received?
(a) It was entirely too expensive considering its true value.
(b) It was invaluable, and surprisingly effective at preparing her for all sorts of emergencies.
(c) It was the best time of her young life.
(d) It did little to prepare her for the realities of teaching children.

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

3. Which is NOT one of the reasons, according to Jim Trelease, that Educating Esme is "terribly relevant"?
(a) Codell was a success, and her students learned.
(b) It provides a realistic snapshot of American education.
(c) Codell is young, and represents the future.
(d) Although Codell's students didn't learn the "right" things, they had a ton of fun along the way.

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

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

6. What gift does Akila give to Codell?
(a) A sari.
(b) A woven basket.
(c) Fake vomit, as a joke.
(d) A gold necklace.

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

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

9. What animal does Melanie do her vertebrate report on?
(a) Rat.
(b) Hyena.
(c) Giraffe.
(d) Cat.

10. What is the purpose of the class making a patchwork quilt?
(a) To teach about the flowers of the fifty states.
(b) To teach about inventors.
(c) To teach about the Underground Railroad.
(d) To teach about long division.

11. Why is Codell afraid of B. B. returning from suspension?
(a) She is afraid B. B. will return with a gun and shoot her.
(b) She is afraid B. B. will decide to quit school altogether.
(c) She is afraid B. B. will beat up Vanessa in an act of revenge.
(d) She is afraid Mr. Turner will doubt that the suspension was necessary at all.

12. How long did Esme Codell work at the first school she taught at?
(a) One year.
(b) As of the Epilogue, she continues to teach there to this day.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Two years.

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

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

15. 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) Codell is exploring race relations with the chosen stories, which is too adult a matter to deal with.
(c) The stories chosen are much too long.
(d) It is rowdy, and probably should have been held in the commons area and not the library.

Short Answer Questions

1. What organization gives a teaching award to Codell, as described in the April 7 entry?

2. Why doesn't Mr. Turner initially want to suspend B. B.?

3. Why is Codell impressed with her students when they have a field trip to the Historical Society?

4. What is the "last straw" that causes Codell to force Mr. Turner to suspend B. B.?

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

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