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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 did Ashton-Warner react after the "June incident"?

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

3. What writer referred to "pedagogical intercourse"?

4. In what tense should verbs be when taught to beginning readers, according to Ashton-Warern?

5. How many Maori readers did Aston-Warner hand-print?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why was Ashton-Warner so worried about the prospect of being visited by the inspector?

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

8. Why did Ashton-Warner's white student, Dennis, have a nervous breakdown?

9. What did Ashton-Warner think about as she gazed at the empty site where her old classroom had once stood?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of Ashton-Warner's children used violent imagery in their writings, some of it reflecting their daily family life, some of it made up. In most schools today, that sort of imagery would be a cause for concern. Is it wise to allow students to express themselves in their writing if it is violent? Should teachers and school officials question the content of a student's writing? Why did Ashton-Warner allow her students to write in this way? Were their any advantages to doing so? Could students with emotional problems or bad home environments benefit from having an outlet for their feelings at school? Or do schools have a responsibility to rein in children's violent feelings for the sake of the entire class?

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

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?

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