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. What is Codell's response when Rowisha tells her about B. B.'s horrible home life?

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

4. What is the "last straw" that causes Codell to force Mr. Turner to suspend B. B.?

5. According to the end of Part II, what is Codell's ultimate career aspiration?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a few places in the text, Codell speaks of why she's doing what she's doing, and what reward, literally or figurative, she is receiving for her work.

1)Describe two times in the text that Codell has felt "rewarded" in her work.

2)What is the nature of this "reward"? How does this relate to a teacher's purpose in general?

3)What might be considered Codell's ultimate reward, to her mind? In a perfect world, what kind of satisfaction would she be receiving from her work, and what form would it take?

Essay Topic 2

A fellow teacher at Codell's school states that the modern teacher must not only be a teacher, but oftentimes a mother, a counselor, and more. State Codell's own attitude in regards to a teacher's enlarging role in a child's life. What might be the advantages to a child when a teacher is more than a teacher? What might be the advantages to a child when a teacher stays strictly to teaching?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Codell's unique approach to classroom reading. How does she divide the students, and what roles do they have? What might be the advantages to such a system? What are possible disadvantages?

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