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Mike Rose (educator)
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Jerry Williams addicted to?
(a) A prescription drug.
(b) An illegal drug.
(c) Alchohol.
(d) Racing.

2. According to Mike, what was the curriculum at UCLA not doing?
(a) Addressing weaknesses.
(b) Increasing abilities.
(c) Helping students learn new things.
(d) Preparing students for the future.

3. What did Mike say was typically the origin of a failed education?
(a) Inattentive students.
(b) Poor teachers.
(c) Social issues.
(d) Inadequate curriculum.

4. What did Mike say Aphasia was?
(a) An impairment in the ability to use symbols.
(b) A psychological impairment.
(c) An inability to use the left side of the brain.
(d) An educational defect.

5. What did Mike say that turn-of-the-century English education was built on?
(a) Latin and Greek grammar.
(b) Greek grammar.
(c) Latin grammar.
(d) English grammar.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reading made Blanche laugh aloud when Mike was teaching literature?

2. Who wrote that "Teaching bears a resemblance to the practice of medicine"?

3. How long was the Freshman Summer Program?

4. What did Mike discover about the men after spending two months with them?

5. How old was Andrea when she moved to America?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Mike discover about Harold as a student?

2. What did Mike struggle with when writing the procedures he used in his dissertation?

3. How did Mike feel the educators of his time viewed helping the poor?

4. According to Mike, what should be the focus of new college students?

5. Why did Mike think Harold's favorite song was "My Boyfriend's Back" by the Angels.

6. According to Mike, turn-of-the-century English education was based on what?

7. What struck Mike most about people struggling to learn?

8. How did Mike help Millie on the word comprehension test?

9. Why did Mike believe that the students' loneliness at UCLA was rooted in language?

10. What did Mike say was the irony of testing students?

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