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. What award does Codell receive during the events in the book?
(a) The Caldecott Silver Teaching award.
(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 Connie Porter award for reading excellence.

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

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

4. What is one of the songs Codell hears in her mind when Mr. Turner is frustrating her?
(a) "Control Yourself" by Jackie and Roy Kral.
(b) "Nothing from Nothing" by Billy Preston.
(c) "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones.
(d) "Perpetuum Mobile" by Novacek.

5. Why does Codell compare teaching to an apple in her poem "How to Teach Learning"?
(a) If a teacher makes learning like a forbidden fruit, students will want it even more, like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
(b) One bad apple (student) can spoil the bunch.
(c) The mind can rot, just like an apple.
(d) Learning can take many forms, like an apple can become juice or applesauce.

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

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

8. Esme's current principal (as of the Epilogue) has what sort of relationship with Esme?
(a) Positive and supportive.
(b) Esme married her current principal.
(c) Cool and indifferent.
(d) Nasty and strained.

9. In the Epilogue, what is Esme Codell's impression of Mr. Turner?
(a) Mr. Turner appears to have changed, and his speech was actually quite stirring.
(b) Mr. Turner is ogling young female teachers, which sickens Codell.
(c) Mr. Turner is unusually reserved.
(d) Mr. Turner is the same prideful blowhard as ever.

10. What kind of school did Esme transfer to after the school of her first year of teaching?
(a) A technical trade college.
(b) A white, suburban school.
(c) A suburban school with mostly minorities.
(d) A black, inner-city school.

11. Why did Esme receive a low teacher rating in her second year of teaching?
(a) She refused to follow state-mandated curricula.
(b) She was pregnant, and took too many sick days.
(c) Vindictive Mr. Turner punished her for her outspoken nature.
(d) She had a disastrous second annual Storyteller's Festival.

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

13. How does the teachers union representative react to Codell's request to become a representative?
(a) The representative tells Codell that she is too young to become a representative.
(b) The representative is happy to pass along such a burdensome responsibility.
(c) The representative thinks that a rookie teacher is making an inappropriate power grab.
(d) The representative agrees to ask the local union leader about the switch, but nothing transpires.

14. Which student does Codell believe has the potential to become a children's book illustrator?
(a) Ashworth.
(b) B. B.
(c) Serena.
(d) Shira.

15. According to the end of Part II, what is Codell's ultimate career aspiration?
(a) She wishes to remain a teacher of fifth-graders.
(b) She wishes to become a school principal.
(c) She wants to be a school librarian.
(d) She wishes to join the teachers' union full-time.

Short Answer Questions

1. What organization gives a teaching award to Codell, as described in the April 7 entry?

2. Which word best completes the following Codell phrase: So much of teaching is _____.

3. Which student does Codell want as her little sister?

4. How is the Fairy Tale Festival related to the Storyteller Festival?

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

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