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. When an architect shows Codell her future classroom in Part I, which of the following is something Codell thinks?

2. Why does Mr. Turner object to the winner of the Addy doll during the November 5th assembly?

3. How does Codell interact with the Slick Boys "Just Say No" campaign?

4. Where does Codell take her students on January 20?

5. What is Codell's general attitude toward Ms. Federman?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is B.B.'s home situation like?

2. Describe the circumstances surrounding Melanie's birthday on January 8?

3. What steps does Codell take to prepare her classroom for the first day of school?

4. What does Codell's class do to learn about Native Americans?

5. As revealed at the end of Part II, what is Codell's ultimate career aspiration?

6. Describe how Codell divides her students into reading groups, and the roles assigned to students.

7. What is the nature of the fight between Shira and Twanette on September 30?

8. According to the Epilogue, what became of Codell after the events in the journal?

9. What is the significance of the blue, pink, and gold sari Codell receives?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the Miss Clark incident as well as the stabbing of the substitute teacher incident reveal about the right and wrong way to behave as a teacher? How do these incidents validate Codell's own philosophy about how to behave in front of one's students?

Essay Topic 2

In a few places in the text, Codell speaks of why she's doing what she's doing, and what reward, literally or figurative, she is receiving for her work.

1)Describe two times in the text that Codell has felt "rewarded" in her work.

2)What is the nature of this "reward"? How does this relate to a teacher's purpose in general?

3)What might be considered Codell's ultimate reward, to her mind? In a perfect world, what kind of satisfaction would she be receiving from her work, and what form would it take?

Essay Topic 3

What are the numerous challenges of the poor, urban educational environment? How does Codell's attitude on this topic differ from Mr. Turner's?

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