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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. How long did the reading period last?

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

3. How long did many of the students' stories become by the time they were six?

4. To what natural phenomenon does the term "Golden Section" refer?

5. How long were Ashton-Warner's seven-year-old students able to write?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In "Workbook," what did Ashton-Warner mean when she said that one cannot plot life?

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

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

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

8. What was Ashton-Warner's reaction to the sometimes violent imagery used in the children's stories?

9. Into what two main categories did Ashton-Warner place many of her students' first words?

10. Why did Ashton-Warner say that the discussions of the children's stories were the "most significant" feature of the class?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Ashton-Warner listened to a Maori adult teach her students a traditional song, she realized that she could not have done that because she was not Maori herself. She knew she could not bring forth the same passion that the Maori teacher did. How did being white affect Ashton-Warner's abilities as a teacher to a mostly-Maori classroom? Did it limit her in any way? Was she required to make changes to her technique because of the racial difference? Were there other situations (besides the traditional song) in which Ashton-Warner would have been at a significant disadvantage as a white person? Is it necessary to have teachers reflect the ethnic or racial makeup of their classrooms?

Essay Topic 2

The Maori girls in Ashton-Warner's classroom experienced success on the basketball court. Write an essay discussing the role of sports in academics. How does participation in team sports help students in the classroom? How does it help in other areas of life? How can schools ensure that the benefits of participation in sports are extended to all students, regardless of athletic ability?

Essay Topic 3

Sylvia-Ashton Warner wrote about her attempts to bring some order to the classroom when the students got out of hand. She eventually realized that the first few bars of Beethoven's Fifth on the piano did the trick. Write an essay exploring how music can be used in the classroom to bring calm during difficult times. What is it about music that speaks to all humans, regardless of ethnic or racial background? How does it provide a form of "quiet control" that is more effective than yelling or making other loud noises to get attention? Why were the Maori children entranced by Western classical music?

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