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. Once a week, Codell tutors Ruben in what subject?

2. Which student must be stopped from casting voodoo spells on students in class?

3. Who is the first student to use the "time machine"?

4. What does Codell tell her students about their "alphabet museum" in order to avoid potential embarrassment?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe some things Codell's class does for Halloween.

3. Who is Marky?

4. Describe the last day of school.

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

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

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

8. How does Codell believe that Mr. Turner chose the teachers for his school?

9. What embarrassing exchange over pronunciation happens in Part I's meeting over Codell's Fairy Tale Festival proposal?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

EDUCATING ESME is written as a series of journal entries. What effect does this format have on the narrative? What are its advantages and possible disadvantages?

Essay Topic 2

Jim Trelease in his Afterword calls Codell "always child-wise." What does he mean by this statement? Cite specific examples in the text to confirm this assertion.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the tone of EDUCATING ESME. What does Codell wish for readers to take away from her journal? How is any discussion of tone complicated by the fact that, presumably, Codell was writing a private journal and did not expect her entries to be read by anyone else?

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