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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 was the most powerful word under the "sex" category?

2. Why did Ashton-Warner object to the use of terms such as "do not" in early readers?

3. What did Ashton-Warner keep on hand to repair the student books?

4. What did Ashton-Warner sometimes use to break up the difficult work of writing?

5. What was the most powerful word under the "fear" category?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Ashton-Warner throw out words that students did not recognize the second time?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What did Plato believe about dance?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

A professor told Ashton-Warner that "tidiness kills education." She so admired the expression that she asked him to repeat it. How was this philosophy reflected in Ashton-Warner's teaching style? What advantages are there to maintaining a sense of chaos and disorder in the classroom? Is learning a neat and tidy activity, or is it naturally messy? How can teachers ensure that maintaining a "neat" classroom does not interfere with students' natural learning patterns?

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