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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. Which student picked the word bomb as a first key word?

2. What did Ashton-Warner do with the key vocabulary words that were forgotten the next day?

3. What word did Mohi pick as his first key word?

4. What philosopher said that language must precede a nation's formation?

5. To what ancient writing system did Ashton-Warner refer at the beginning of the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ashton-Warner wrote at length about the importance of tone in the classroom. Write an essay exploring how tone is set in the classroom and how several people have a role in setting that tone. Does the tone have to be the same from classroom to classroom or school to school? Or should there be variations based on the unique needs of the teachers and students? How does a teacher determine what tone works best for her students and how does she achieve that tone, especially if it differs from what she would normally like to see?

Essay Topic 2

Ashton-Warner rejected the use of corporal punishment, while pointing out that many prominent philosophers embraced it. Write an essay exploring this issue. Is corporal punishment ever effective? What short-term and long-term impacts does it have on children? Does it make a difference if it is administered at home or in a school setting? What other disciplinary techniques can be used, both at home and at school? Include in your essay whether most schools today allow corporal punishment and how attitudes have changed since Ashton-Warner first wrote "Teacher."

Essay Topic 3

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?

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