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Esmé Raji Codell
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who ultimately says "No" to Codell's proposal for the Fairy Tale Festival?
(a) Miss Clark.
(b) Ismene Siteles.
(c) Ms. Coil.
(d) Mr. Turner.

2. How does the class respond to Ashworth's revealing of his missing digit.
(a) They are silent, and most do not talk to Ashworth afterward.
(b) Several classmates loudly ridicule Ashworth, and Codell must shout them down.
(c) Many girls in the class are sickened at the sight.
(d) They support him and threaten to beat up anyone who does not.

3. Why does Codell organize a field trip to the university science fair on October 13?
(a) To introduce her children to an erupting baking soda volcano.
(b) Because her students' standardized test scores in science were well below average.
(c) To attend a lecture on physics in the real world.
(d) To help the kids demonstrate their backpack burglar alarm invention.

4. What is Codell's general attitude toward Ms. Federman?
(a) She respects her persistence in teaching for so long.
(b) She thinks Ms. Federman is a dinosaur from a long-gone era.
(c) Codell is angry with Ms. Federman, because she promises to help Codell but never does.
(d) She cannot agree with almost all of Ms. Federman's radical teaching methods.

5. Which student must be stopped from casting voodoo spells on students in class?
(a) Esther.
(b) B. B.
(c) Shira.
(d) Vanessa.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do Codell and Mr. Turner fail to secure any donations, according to the July 28th entry?

2. Why does Codell take her students outside for a field trip on January 7th?

3. Why is Codell dissatisfied with the funeral service held for Ismene?

4. What does Codell find is particularly effective when it comes to teaching about Nazism?

5. What does Codell use the Thinking Cap for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Vanessa's problem with the Christmas assembly, and how does she overcome it?

2. Describe Miss Clark's attempt to teach Codell's kids on January 11.

3. What is Codell's attitude toward teaching sexual education?

4. What February 15 incident nearly results in Codell quitting the school?

5. Describe Codell's experience with the teachers union representative.

6. Explain the story of Ozzie becoming ill at school.

7. Why does Jim Trelease in the Afterword bring up a governor and a chairman of the State Board of Education?

8. Describe Ismene, including her appearance and personality.

9. Describe how Zykrecia resolves a conflict with Kyle on March 28.

10. Describe the day when a student brings a two-year-old brother to school.

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