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Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Esmé Raji Codell
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Codell offers several criticisms of the educational bureaucracy. Describe these criticisms in the context of the following:

1)The Michael Jordan Foundation

2)The Educational "Chiropractor"

3)The approval process for the Fairy Tale Festival

Codell's own ambition plays a key role in the text.

1)How does ambition guide Codell's teaching philosophy, and the choices she makes with her curriculum and teaching methods?

2)What does the Fairy Tale Festival proposal say about Codell's ambition? Is Codell's ambition rewarded or punished?

3)At the end of the Epilogue, Codell agrees with adage that "Those who can't do, teach." How does Codell relate this statement to her own ambition? In the end, how has Codell's ambition affected her career, and the degree of success she's had?

Is Codell emotionally involved with her students? Is "love" an appropriate term for Codell's relationship with her students? What might Codell say about the value (or danger) of a teacher's emotional attachment with his or her students? How might this attachment affect the learning process?

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