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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 old was Peter, the chairman of the school board?

2. Which wall in the new classroom was completely glassed?

3. What writer referred to "pedagogical intercourse"?

4. What did Ashton-Warner do as she turned and left the classroom?

5. To what music did the children perform spontaneous, expressive dance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Ashton-Warner write at the end of "Holidays" that she was no longer lonely?

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

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

4. What set the local Maori pa (village) where Ashton-Warner taught apart from other pas?

5. How did sentence length differ between whites and Maoris?

6. How did Ashton-Warner view the importance of handwriting?

7. What was Ashton-Warner's attitude toward the white students who accused Maori students of theft?

8. What did the students' compositions reveal about their family lives?

9. Why did Ashton-Warner say that when giving first words to her students, she avoided showing them any illustrations of those words?

10. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

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

The great Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, developed and operated a school for peasant children that Ashton-Warner expressed admiration for. The school day was long and students were given significant freedom to choose what subjects to study and when. Is this school model possible on a larger scale or is it something that can only be done on a small scale, under unique circumstances? What are the benefits of allowing students to go at their own pace and explore the subjects most dear to them? What happens to standardized curricula and school-wide tests in such a situation?

Essay Topic 3

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."

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