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 many new teachers are introduced prior to the school's opening in Part I?

2. Which of the following best describes the attitude of the speaker in Codell's poem "The Custodian's Thoughts"?

3. How does Ms. Coil criticize Codell's teaching of Native Americans.

4. What kind of music do the Slick Boys use in their assembly presentation?

5. Why does Codell organize a field trip to the university science fair on October 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Codell relieved when she refrains from yelling at Latoya for continually coming in late one week?

2. How does Codell deal with Melanie's problem with stealing?

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

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

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

6. What is Codell's philosophy about bad behavior, in respect to an incident with B. B.?

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

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

9. Describe the first time the "time machine" is used.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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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