Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Esmé Raji Codell
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Codell initially regret asking Twanette's mother to a conference on September 30?

2. What does Codell tell Mr. Turner about why he did not receive her classroom's inaugural newsletter?

3. What poem, dedicated to Brandi, does Codell make her October 19th entry?

4. What is JoEllen's Native American name, as given to her in a naming ceremony?

5. Why does Mr. Turner object to Codell's school social committee guidelines on February 15th?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the nature of the struggle between Codell and Mr. Turner in Part I in regards to Codell's proper form of address?

3. What are Codell's impressions about her former students graduating from middle school?

4. Why does Codell resent the "educational chiropractor" brought in by Mr. Turner?

5. Why does Codell react negatively to the "Jordan Rules" teaching guidelines?

6. Who is Marky?

7. Why do the students stab the substitute teacher in the back with a pencil on February 1?

8. How is the "time machine" built?

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

10. What is The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes about, as described in a September 27 entry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Codell offers several criticisms of the educational bureaucracy. Describe these criticisms in the context of the following:

1)The Michael Jordan Foundation

2)The Educational "Chiropractor"

3)The approval process for the Fairy Tale Festival

Essay Topic 2

Is Codell emotionally involved with her students? Is "love" an appropriate term for Codell's relationship with her students? What might Codell say about the value (or danger) of a teacher's emotional attachment with his or her students? How might this attachment affect the learning process?

Essay Topic 3

The class has a moment of unity when they read The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes.

1)Describe the plot of The Hundred Dresses.

2)Why do you think the story caused Ashworth to reveal the fact of his missing finger to the class?

3)What larger comment does this incident make about the power of learning and of reading?

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