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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. 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 help her write a screenplay about being a vice principal.
(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.
2. How many stages does Codell create as part of her Storyteller Festival?
3. What does Jim Trelease blame for poor reading scores in "a certain western state"?
(a) Inner-city crime.
(b) Lazy students.
(c) Lazy teachers.
(d) Lack of library funding.
4. 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.
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) Like a soda bottle cap that might announce "You are a winner!" learning should be special and surprising.
(c) Learning is incredibly difficult, just like trying to twist a bottle cap off.
(d) Learning is like uncapping the mind to a world of knowledge.
6. Which child is especially shy about being a storyteller?
(d) B. B.
7. What ultimate fear does Codell express about Melanie?
(a) Melanie will fail as a storyteller, and ruin the Storyteller Festival.
(b) Melanie will likely have to repeat the fifth grade.
(c) Melanie may be expelled from the district after a hearing.
(d) Melanie may grow up to become a felon.
8. What does Codell tell B. B., which she later apologizes for?
(a) She tells B. B. he's very likely to end up in a street gang.
(b) She says B. B. deserved all the beatings his mother gave him.
(c) She says he is acting like a jerk.
(d) She says she wishes B. B. was not in her class.
9. In the Epilogue, what emotion does Esme associate with her former students?
10. Why did Esme receive a low teacher rating in her second year of teaching?
(a) Vindictive Mr. Turner punished her for her outspoken nature.
(b) She was pregnant, and took too many sick days.
(c) She refused to follow state-mandated curricula.
(d) She had a disastrous second annual Storyteller's Festival.
11. Which student does Codell want as her little sister?
12. What is Codell's response when Rowisha tells her about B. B.'s horrible home life?
(a) Codell mocks Rowisha, making matters worse.
(b) Codell is so moved by the tragic story that she gives Rowisha two hundred dollars.
(c) Codell and Rowisha cry together, and later they become friends.
(d) Codell believes that even bad home circumstances are no excuse for bad behavior at school.
13. According to Esme, how do her new students in her new school (as of the Epilogue) behave?
(a) Like weird aliens.
(b) Like spoiled brats.
(c) Like gangster thugs.
(d) Like little angels.
14. Why do Ozzie's grades plummet?
(a) His mother's ex-boyfriend is verbally and physically abusive.
(b) Ozzie is malnourished.
(c) Ozzie has joined a gang.
(d) Ozzie has developed dyslexia.
15. Which student does Codell believe has the potential to become a children's book illustrator?
(b) B. B.
Short Answer Questions
1. What misbehavior does Melanie have a propensity to commit?
2. Why does B. B. start to misbehave around 1:20 PM every day?
3. What song does Codell hear in her mind when she has recess duty?
4. Why doesn't Codell alert administration when one of her students brings a baby brother to school?
5. Why is Codell's day spoiled on April 11th?
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