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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 many new stoves did the school have?

2. Which student did Ashton-Warner say was one of her brightest and most sensitive, despite the poor handwriting?

3. What did Mere and June rub on their faces?

4. What student did Ashton-Warner think would have advanced farther had he been able to use "white" readers?

5. What fictional character did Matawhero remind Ashton-Warner?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role did discipline play in Ashton-Warner's classroom?

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

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

4. Why was Ashton-Warner surprised at the appearance of the new classrooms when she visited?

5. What happened when Ashton-Warner attempted to secure school uniforms for her students from a nearby shop?

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

7. How did Maoris and whites differ in terms of communal gatherings?

8. In her discussion of pedagogy as marriage, what did Ashton-Warner mean when she said that "love interferes with fidelity"?

9. What revelation did Ashton-Warner have in "Post-Holiday Notes" about using Maori readers with both Maori and white students?

10. What was the reaction of strangers to Ashton-Warner's multi-colored Maori belt?

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

Based on categorizing the "first words" collected from her students, Ashton-Warner decided that there were two main instincts represented in these words--fear and sex. Is that a fair and accurate assessment? Are these two "emotions" universal (in terms of being expressed as "first words" among children)? Is fear something that all children feel and need to express? What is their likely understanding of the role of sex in their lives and the life of their community? Would children of different cultures also focus on words related to fear and sex and would those words differ from the Maori ones? What do these first words say about human nature?

Essay Topic 3

The Maori children in Ashton-Warner's classroom encountered racism from the majority white population in New Zealand. How did these attitudes affect the students at home and in the community? How did it affect them in the classroom? Did having a white teacher have an impact on them, even if she was open and accepting of them? How do societal assumptions and expectations impact a child's ability to perform in school? Do children internalize the prejudices they encounter or are they able to escape them in the classroom? How do teachers deal with the impact these prejudices may have on their students? Is it possible to fully counter them in school?

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