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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 long ago had the Maoris ancestors arrived in New Zealand from Polynesia?

2. In what town was the "most spectacular" Maori meeting house in New Zealand?

3. Which family's dog sometimes visited the class when Ashton-Warner was teaching?

4. What is a "pakeha"?

5. Which student had a father who worked at the carnival?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Ashton-Warner upset about the way she handled Mark Cutter when his mother insisted that her son was advancing too quickly in class?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sylvia-Ashton Warner wrote about her attempts to bring some order to the classroom when the students got out of hand. She eventually realized that the first few bars of Beethoven's Fifth on the piano did the trick. Write an essay exploring how music can be used in the classroom to bring calm during difficult times. What is it about music that speaks to all humans, regardless of ethnic or racial background? How does it provide a form of "quiet control" that is more effective than yelling or making other loud noises to get attention? Why were the Maori children entranced by Western classical music?

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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