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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. What is the stated purpose of the "educational chiropractor" early in Part III?
(a) To "massage" the teachers' union into agreeing to lesser pay.
(b) To "straighten out" the student body.
(c) To "align" the teachers' curriculum.
(d) To "work out the kinks" in school rules.

2. What is the former occupation of Esme's current principal (as of the Epilogue)?
(a) School librarian.
(b) Civil engineer.
(c) College professor.
(d) Army colonel.

3. Which student does Codell want as her little sister?
(a) Samantha.
(b) Asha.
(c) Esther.
(d) Vanessa.

4. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about Asia?
(a) Dress as samurai.
(b) Stage a kabuki theater play.
(c) Make a kimono.
(d) Make sushi.

5. What activity did Codell have the class do to learn about light?
(a) Stage a shadow-puppet show.
(b) Paint rainbows, showing the accurate colors of a rainbow.
(c) Calculate the speed of light with a shoe box with a pinhole in it.
(d) Learn Morse Code by clicking flashlights on and off.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Codell compare teaching to a bottle cap in her poem "How to Teach Learning"?

2. Why does Zykrecia pursue conflict resolution with Kyle?

3. What is the "last straw" that causes Codell to force Mr. Turner to suspend B. B.?

4. What does prefabricated curriculum lead to, in Codell's opinion?

5. According to Jim Trelease, what kind of portrayal is Educating Esme, with respect to American education?

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