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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. To what children's classic did Ashton-Warner refer when writing about books not read in her classroom?
(a) Alice in Wonderland.
(b) Winnie the Pooh.
(c) Peter Pan.
(d) Treasure Island.

2. What figure signified divinity in the Chaldean writing system?
(a) A tree.
(b) A dart.
(c) A triangle.
(d) An eye.

3. What was the most powerful word under the "fear" category?
(a) Ghost.
(b) Frightened.
(c) Knife.
(d) Police.

4. In what year did Leo Tolstoy begin his peasant school?
(a) 1859.
(b) 1862.
(c) 1857.
(d) 1869.

5. What was one bird NOT mentioned as being seen outside the school?
(a) Sparrow.
(b) Mynah.
(c) Robin.
(d) Duck.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were the two main instincts around which the key vocabulary was built?

2. What superhero was included in the list of student words in "Organic Reading"?

3. To what Dickens novel character did Ashton-Warner refer in "Maori Transitional Readers?"

4. How did Ashton-Warner approach spelling after the students wrote new words on the blackboard?

5. What did Ashton-Warner call the most "comely word" in the language?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is wrong with the cadence in many published first readers?

2. How can a teacher tell when a book is valuable to her students, according to Ashton-Warner?

3. What was the role of handwriting in the Maori students' stories?

4. How did the students perform when they did expressive dancing versus when they learned specific moves?

5. How did Russian peasant students react to Leo Tolstoy's experimental school?

6. Why was it important for the teacher to be a good conversationalist in the classroom?

7. What did Plato believe about dance?

8. Why did Ashton-Warner find the European and American early readers two-dimensional?

9. Why did Ashton-Warner describe children's minds as volcanoes and how did that affect her teaching?

10. How did the Maori early readers provide a bridge to eventual reading of European material?

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