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 Codell, what is "education's best-kept secret"?
(a) If parents were more involved in teaching, it would actually make things worse.
(b) Principals do absolutely nothing to help teachers.
(c) A sticker award system will make fifth-graders more motivated to learn than anything else.
(d) Teachers being personally invested in their teaching methods make them accountable.

2. What teaching guidelines are given to the school by the Michael Jordan Foundation?
(a) The Championship Way.
(b) The 3-Pointers of Success.
(c) The Jordan Rules.
(d) The Slam Dunk Doctrines.

3. Who brings her two-year-old brother to school one day?
(a) Asha.
(b) Zykrecia.
(c) Maurissa.
(d) Vanessa.

4. 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.

5. Why is Codell impressed with her students when they have a field trip to the Historical Society?
(a) They are using knowledge learned in class in the real world.
(b) They do not steal anything the entire day.
(c) They are exceedingly polite to the society's staff.
(d) They make sure to carefully read the plaques on display.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. When do parents "throw a tantrum" at Esme's new school (as of the Epilogue)?
(a) When not enough extracurricular activities are available.
(b) When their kids get C's.
(c) When the football team fails to make the state finals.
(d) When their kids get F's.

13. Why doesn't Mr. Turner initially want to suspend B. B.?
(a) B. B. has otherwise been an exemplary student, and his misbehavior is isolated.
(b) Mr. Turner wishes to expel B. B. and only reluctantly agrees to the lesser punishment.
(c) Mr. Turner happens to be friends with B. B.'s father.
(d) He believes that at-risk blacks should be given a break, given their circumstances.

14. 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.

15. 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) Although Codell's students didn't learn the "right" things, they had a ton of fun along the way.
(c) It provides a realistic snapshot of American education.
(d) Codell is young, and represents the future.

Short Answer Questions

1. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about light?

2. What kind of speeches are delivered at the middle school graduation ceremony, according to Codell?

3. What kind of film does Codell show for sexual education?

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

5. What kind of people too often dominate public education, according to Trelease?

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