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

2. 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.

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

4. What does Jim Trelease blame for poor reading scores in "a certain western state"?
(a) Inner-city crime.
(b) Lazy teachers.
(c) Lack of library funding.
(d) Lazy students.

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

6. 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 Storyteller Festival for the Fairy Tale Festival.
(c) Codell gets to use several ideas from the Fairy Tale Festival for the Storyteller Festival.
(d) Ms. Coil enthusiastically endorses both festivals.

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

8. What kind of speeches are delivered at the middle school graduation ceremony, according to Codell?
(a) They are noble and uplifting.
(b) They scold the student body for a recent gang incident at the school.
(c) They seem to be pleas to the students not to start a life of crime.
(d) They are funny and endearing.

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

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

11. How does Codell prepare her students for the Storytelling Festival?
(a) She makes them memorize their stories forwards as well as backwards.
(b) She gives them voice lessons.
(c) She has them practice telling their stories in younger-aged classes.
(d) She has them dress as the main character of their story.

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

13. What award does Codell receive during the events in the book?
(a) The Connie Porter award for reading excellence.
(b) The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award for outstanding new urban school teacher.
(c) The Dr. Peggy Williams award for outstanding Language Arts teacher.
(d) The Caldecott Silver Teaching award.

14. Who draws muscle men in his journal?
(a) Billy Williams.
(b) Ozzie.
(c) Ruben.
(d) Ashworth.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the stated purpose of the "educational chiropractor" early in Part III?

2. Of her thirty-one students, how many graduate from middle school at the ceremony Codell witnesses?

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

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

5. In Codell's reading group method, what role does the "literary luminary" play?

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