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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What organization gives a teaching award to Codell, as described in the April 7 entry?
(a) The American Organization for Teaching Excellence.
(b) Chicago Area Reading Association.
(c) The National Teachers' Association.
(d) American Civil Liberties Union.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of people too often dominate public education, according to Trelease?

2. What is Mr. Turner's criticism of the Storyteller Festival?

3. According to Codell, how must a teacher behave with a student to get him/her to learn?

4. What is the plot of the story "The Pudding Like the Night on the Sea"?

5. What kind of speeches are delivered at the middle school graduation ceremony, according to Codell?

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