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

Esmé Raji Codell
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Epilogue, what emotion does Esme associate with her former students?

2. In Codell's reading group method, what role does the "practical predictor" play?

3. Which student does Codell believe has the potential to become a children's book illustrator?

4. In the Afterword, how does the chairman of the State Board of Education act when he visits a school?

5. How long after the events in the journal does Codell write her Epilogue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Codell must frequently deal with misbehaving students.

1)What is Codell's attitude about bad behavior? Should a teacher consider the student's home situation when disciplining the child?

2)What is a principal's role in addressing and correcting bad behavior?

3)Why does Codell disagree with the corrective behavior administered by the parents of B. B. and Twanette, for two examples?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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