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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. Whom did Matawhero hit in "Post Holiday Notes"?

2. Although fear and sex were identified as two main instincts, what word did Ashton-Warner say was missing from the beginning Maori readers?

3. What color were the sports pullovers the basketball players were knitting for themselves?

4. How did Ashton-Warner react to Matawhero's attack on the other student?

5. What position did Matawhero's grandfather hold?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Ashton-Warner describe the moments in her life when she knew the meaning of what was happening to her?

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

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

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

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

8. Why was it important to offer only present tense verbs to new readers?

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

10. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ashton-Warner discussed the basic rule of organic teaching as a "creative vent." Explore what she meant by that expression. How does providing children with an opportunity to vent, whether in writing, dance or artwork, help that child grow? If the child is asked to conform to certain educational standards and suppress his own impulses, how does that affect his overall schoolwork? Is some degree of suppression necessary for the sake of classroom unity and atmosphere or should all students be given free rein to express themselves even if they do not follow the curriculum? How does the imposition of adult-determined standards stunt a child's growth, as Ashton-Warner suggested?

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'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?

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