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. Why does B. B. sleep over at Codell's apartment one night?
(a) B. B.'s mother threw him out, and he is homeless for one night before becoming a ward of the state.
(b) Codell is rewarding B. B. for winning a game show contest in class.
(c) B. B.'s mother fears violence from her abusive boyfriend.
(d) B. B. celebrates his birthday with a half dozen other kids who also stay the night.

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

3. 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.

4. What does Codell allow Kyle to do in order to perform better at math?
(a) Run two circles around the classroom.
(b) Stand on his head.
(c) Go to the bathroom to splash water on his face.
(d) Yell at the top of his lungs.

5. Why does Codell compare teaching to a bottle cap in her poem "How to Teach Learning"?
(a) Learning is a series of ups and downs, like the ridges on the side of a bottle cap.
(b) Learning is incredibly difficult, just like trying to twist a bottle cap off.
(c) Like a soda bottle cap that might announce "You are a winner!" learning should be special and surprising.
(d) Learning is like uncapping the mind to a world of knowledge.

6. 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) "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones.
(c) "Control Yourself" by Jackie and Roy Kral.
(d) "Perpetuum Mobile" by Novacek.

7. 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. refuses to do his homework.
(d) B. B. calls her a bad name.

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

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

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

11. Why is Ozzie becoming ill at school?
(a) Fearful of going hungry, Ozzie eats several hamburgers at a time during lunch.
(b) Ozzie is eating Elmer's glue.
(c) Ozzie's nausea is purely psychosomatic.
(d) Ozzie has been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

12. Why doesn't Codell alert administration when one of her students brings a baby brother to school?
(a) She is afraid Mr. Turner might turn the baby over to Child Protective Services.
(b) She is afraid of the potential consequences for the student in question.
(c) She loves babies, and is happy to tend to the child for the day.
(d) She figures having a baby in the class will be a valuable teaching moment.

13. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about light?
(a) Calculate the speed of light with a shoe box with a pinhole in it.
(b) Paint rainbows, showing the accurate colors of a rainbow.
(c) Learn Morse Code by clicking flashlights on and off.
(d) Stage a shadow-puppet show.

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

15. According to Codell, how must a teacher behave with a student to get him/her to learn?
(a) Tough and strict.
(b) Aloof and disinterested.
(c) Coy and elusive.
(d) Kind and nurturing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about medieval history.

2. What does Codell come to realize about the teaching education she received?

3. In Codell's reading group method, what role does the "practical predictor" play?

4. How does Codell prepare her students for the Storytelling Festival?

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

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