Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

E. M. Standing
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Montessori feel was the problem when children do not want to work on their own?

2. When given the chance, how does the Montessori method suggest children will function?

3. As Montessori began working for underprivileged children, she had two assistants and how many children?

4. During the time discussed in "Introductory Materials, Preparations & Discovery," what does Montessori discover about those she helped?

5. Why are children initially unaware of cause and effect?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the result of Montessori's work with the children in Rome?

2. What does Standing make clear about the content of this book?

3. According to Montessori, when does conscious effort of development and learning begin?

4. What did other professionals, including other teachers of Montessori's time, assume about Monetessori's work as a teacher?

5. According to Montessori, how does the absorbent mind take in the world?

6. What type of offers did Montessori receive to travel to America and continue her work there?

7. According to Montessori, why were children often misunderstood?

8. According to Montessori, why are the different types of metamorphosis important in education?

9. What does Standing state goes along with exploration?

10. According to Montessori, why is human development compared to a succession of new births?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The notion of normalization is something that occurs in students that often come from the traditional classroom into the Montessori classroom. If normalization is to occur upon entering the Montessori classroom, what could be said about those students who remain in the traditional classroom? Use information and examples form the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The Montessori method gained much popularity throughout the world. Despite this popularity, Montessori schools and methods are not the common method for teaching. Why do you think this is the case? What factors have and continue to play a role in determining the reach of the Montessori method? Use information from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Movement is an important part of learning. Based on information from the book, how does the Montessori method address movement in the classroom and in learning to achieve maximum results in education? Additionally, how is this different than a traditional classroom? Provide specific examples.

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