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. Why is Codell impressed with her students when they have a field trip to the Historical Society?

2. What special guest(s) arrive(s) for the Storyteller Festival?

3. Why did Esme receive a low teacher rating in her second year of teaching?

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

5. Esme's current principal (as of the Epilogue) has what sort of relationship with Esme?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the epilogue, Codell states: "Everything [my students] become, I also become. And everything about me, they helped to create." Dissect and explain this enigmatic statement. What implications does this have for the teaching process as well as the learning process? How might such a statement help to explain Codell's larger philosophy about the correct way to teach?

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

At a meeting early in the year, a teacher named Lillia mispronounces "conspicuous" and is corrected by Ms. Coil to the embarrassment and anger of Codell.

1)What does this incident reveal about Ms. Coil's character? About Codell's character?

2)What might this incident reveal about a larger problem with the educational bureaucracy?

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