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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. Why did Ashton-Warner object to the use of terms such as "do not" in early readers?
(a) They were not used among the Maori.
(b) They did not represent the way people spoke.
(c) They were too long.
(d) They delayed the introduction of reading contractions.

2. What was the most powerful word under the "sex" category?
(a) Darling.
(b) Dance.
(c) Kiss.
(d) Love.

3. How were the children's stories "produced"?
(a) In the teacher's handwriting.
(b) In their own handwriting.
(c) On a school typewriter.
(d) At a professional printers,

4. According to Ashton-Warner, what is the only answer to destructiveness?
(a) Creativity.
(b) Intervention.
(c) Peaceful readings.
(d) Meditation.

5. How long were Ashton-Warner's seven-year-old students able to write?
(a) Ten sentences.
(b) Full page stories.
(c) Two or three paragraphs.
(d) Three page stories.

Short Answer Questions

1. For how long did Ashton-Warner experiment in developing the Maori transitional readers?

2. How did Ashton-Warner describe the vocabulary in most set early readers?

3. How did Ashton-Warner describe the worst assistant she ever had in the classroom?

4. What color ears did Ashton-Warner say she sometimes saw in children's illustrations?

5. Under what category was the Maori word, "haka," placed?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the children's writings differ from the standard readers offered in most schools?

2. How did modern life in New Zealand make it difficult for people to use their inner resources?

3. What was the importance of the "inner illustration" in the children's self-written stories?

4. What did Ashton-Warner mean when she referred to a workbook as a "middleman"?

5. Why were "key words" so essential to learning to read?

6. Why did Ashton-Warner describe the language of published first readers as "dead"?

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

8. How did early exposure to white cultural norms adversely affect the Maori?

9. Why was the class so noisy while the children studied their individual key words and what did that noise signify?

10. In what way does nature provide lessons that books or indoor plantings cannot?

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