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. How does Codell respond to Billy Williams when the boy claims that he hates her?

2. On September 27, what book is read that inspires Ashworth to reveal his missing digit to the class?

3. What is the name of Codell's immediate supervisor at her work in Part I?

4. What is the name of the mentor who inspired Codell to do her best as a teacher?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the "time machine" built?

3. What is Codell's attitude toward teaching sexual education?

4. How does Codell build up suspense in her class for the introduction of the "time machine"?

5. At the beginning of Part I, what does fifth-grader Melanie warn incoming students about the fifth grade?

6. Describe the story Codell tells about her landlord in a November 10 entry.

7. What toll has the school year taken on Codell?

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

9. What award does Codell win early in Part III, and why is it important to her?

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

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

Codell uses innovative (and sometimes controversial) teaching techniques for her lessons.

1)Choose three instances of Codell using an unconventional teaching technique.

2)Argue why these teaching techniques might be effective in getting the students to learn the material.

3)Take the other side, and argue why these teaching techniques may not be effective.

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, Codell presents Mr. Turner as her opposite.

1)Write a paragraph-long character description of Codell, and then of Mr. Turner. Include anything from physical traits to personality traits.

2)Contrast what you've written about each person. How does Codell differ from Mr. Turner?

3)How does the "Madame Esme" controversy further define the differences between the two?

4)How does the Epilogue's graduation speech further define the differences between the two?

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