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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. What was the maximum number of children Ashton-Warner felt a teacher could give individual attention to?

3. What was the condition of the student-made books after several reading sessions?

4. According to Ashton-Warner, what is the only answer to destructiveness?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Ashton-Warner criticize herself for the way she handled Matawhero's defiance after he hit Gordon?

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

3. Why was Ashton-Warner disappointed with the pictures the new teacher had chosen to personalize the children's coat hooks?

4. Why did Ashton-Warner believe that standardized reading texts were damaging to children?

5. To what did Ashton-Warner attribute the lack of cohesiveness in some of her later students' stories?

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

7. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

8. Why did Ashton-Warner's white student, Dennis, have a nervous breakdown?

9. What was the connection Ashton-Warner drew between the infant room and war and peace?

10. How did the behavior of the children differ in the new classrooms compared to when Ashton-Warner taught at the school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Ashton-Warner was willing to sometimes rein in her classroom, overall she accepted the fact that there would be noisy chaos among the children. How does a teacher harness this sort of energy when asking the students to perform specific tasks? How does he ensure that it does not become disruptive? Based on Ashton-Warner's experiences, is this noise ever destructive? Would it be possible to allow this level of noise in most modern-day classrooms or would the differences among the children preclude allowing it?

Essay Topic 2

Ashton-Warner's students spend much time dancing in the classroom, whether as a form of exercise or in free-dance exploration. Write an essay exploring the use of dance in the classroom. What are the benefits of giving students access to this art form? Are the benefits solely physical? Does dance help center children and does it have an effect on concentration? How can free-dance periods help children express themselves and how can that impact other areas of the curriculum?

Essay Topic 3

Ashton-Warner pointed out that although the Maori love words, they frequently speak to one another in one-word sentences that convey detailed meaning. Do you think this tendency is natural to human beings or was it developed over time by the Maori as they lived on a previously-isolated island nation? Do humans develop different language patterns based on their culture? Would it be possible for a non-Maori to develop the skill of interpreting the many nuances of a one-word Maori sentence? How can different speech patterns lead to misunderstandings?

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