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 organize a field trip to the university science fair on October 13?

2. On December 14th, older children steal which of Codell's classroom accessories?

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

4. What does Codell call the subject of Math?

5. What pop culture figure does Codell use for her "best papers" bulletin board?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ms. Federman convince Codell to remain a teacher at the school on February 15?

2. What happens with Perry, the gang member Codell confronts regarding an incident on October 13?

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

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

5. What dictates what songs Codell hears in her mind throughout the day according to the April 11 entry?

6. What is Codell's opinion of the teaching education she received?

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

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

9. As related in Part I's first entry, what happens in Codell's first interviews for the position at the new public school?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Codell frequently demonstrates creativity and ingenuity in dealing with problematic children. Describe how Codell deals with the following students and situations:

1)Billy Williams and his constant bad attitude

2)Melanie and her desire to steal

3)B. B. and his frequent behavior issues

Essay Topic 2

Codell's insistence on being called "Madame Esme" is a constant sore spot for her principal Mr. Turner. What reasons does Codell provide for being stubborn on this point? How does this matter relate in a broader sense to Codell's personality and attitude as revealed in her writing?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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