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. How many stages does Codell create as part of her Storyteller Festival?
(a) Two.
(b) Zero.
(c) Four.
(d) One.

2. In Codell's reading group method, what role does the "language lover" 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.

3. What does Codell secretly dream about being, rather than a teacher?
(a) Climatologist.
(b) Television personality.
(c) Professional softball player.
(d) Opera singer.

4. How does Codell teach Melanie to control her destructive urges?
(a) Codell tells her that when she has a "funny feeling" in her stomach telling her to commit a crime, she should find Codell instead.
(b) Codell refuses to let Melanie check out any books from the classroom library unless Melanie stops.
(c) Codell tells Melanie to think about sitting on the beach in Hawaii, rather than committing the crime.
(d) Codell calls a parent-teacher conference to explain the issue to Melanie's mother.

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

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

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

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

9. When Mr. Turner sees Codell and several of her students wearing saris, what does he think?
(a) He believes Codell is a terrible influence on her students.
(b) He believes Codell is mocking his own wearing of a sari two weeks earlier.
(c) He believes Codell is performing an open act of defiance.
(d) He believes Codell is having a cultural festival.

10. How successful is the film Codell shows for sexual education?
(a) It sparks a valuable debate.
(b) It leads to more confusion than clarity.
(c) It successfully answers most of the students' questions.
(d) It makes several students cry.

11. 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) Make a castle out of marshmallows.
(c) Read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and act out some of the stories.
(d) Have a mock jousting tournament.

12. 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 cold and indifferent.
(c) He acts extremely enthusiastic.
(d) He acts like he is royalty.

13. What is the result of Codell's conference with Rowisha, B. B.'s mother?
(a) Rowisha beats B. B. to the ground until he is hysterical.
(b) Rowisha never shows, and B. B. feels abandoned.
(c) Rowisha beats B. B. to the point that Codell punches the woman.
(d) Rowisha apologizes for her son, B. B. never acts up again, and the conference is a complete success.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What song does Codell hear in her mind when she has recess duty?

2. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about Asia?

3. What does Codell allow Kyle to do in order to perform better at math?

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

5. How does the teachers union representative react to Codell's request to become a representative?

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