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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 author, quoted by Ashton-Warner, advocated hitting children as punishment?

2. Which student's mother turned away from Ashton-Warner while walking through town?

3. How much did Peter weigh?

4. What color did Ashton-Warner say she liked after her basketball team won?

5. How did Ashton-Warner react after the "June incident"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Post Holiday Notes," what word did Ashton-Warner use to represent the key instinct of fear to her students?

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

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

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

5. What was Ashton-Warner's reaction to the traditional Maori music performed by the children under the direction of Kahu?

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

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

8. Why did Ashton-Warner focus on teaching her Maori students nouns at first?

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

10. Describe the new teacher encountered by Ashton-Warner as she explores the renovated school.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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