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

2. What part of speech did Ashton-Warner first teach her Maori students to read?

3. What did Mark claim had been stolen from him in "Life in a Maori School, 1"?

4. What did Mrs. Cutter send to Ashton-Warner in "Life in a Maori School, 1"?

5. On what evening did Mr. Tremaine visit the school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the vocabulary words like in the new classroom?

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

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

4. Why was Ashton-Warner disappointed with the pictures the new teacher had chosen to personalize the children's coat hooks?

5. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

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

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

8. What was Ashton-Warner's attitude toward the white students who accused Maori students of theft?

9. How did Ashton-Warner view the importance of handwriting?

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

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

The Maori girls in Ashton-Warner's classroom experienced success on the basketball court. Write an essay discussing the role of sports in academics. How does participation in team sports help students in the classroom? How does it help in other areas of life? How can schools ensure that the benefits of participation in sports are extended to all students, regardless of athletic ability?

Essay Topic 3

Ashton-Warner wrote in detail about the importance of "first words" for beginning readers and how the traditional reading books used among young children did not use those words. Write an essay exploring how the use of a child's first words can enhance the learning process. Do children from different cultures develop different first words? Does learning to read from another culture's books necessarily lead to stunted development? If individual children are given their own unique texts, at what point can a teacher introduce standardized books to the entire classroom?

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