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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. Which student wrote about his father hitting his mother in her face in "Compositions"?

2. What writer referred to "pedagogical intercourse"?

3. What pet did Matawhero bring to school in "Post Holiday Notes?"

4. What was one of the items "missing" from the new classroom?

5. What was Amira's supposed score in basketball practice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did Maoris and whites differ in terms of communal gatherings?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

At one point in the book, Ashton-Warner admitted that at least one of her white students would have performed better had he been given access to the "white" readers she hated so much. Did her efforts on behalf of her Maori students come at a cost for her white students? Is it possible to help one previously disadvantaged group while also ensuring that the "advantaged" group does not fall behind? Should teachers base their teaching on reaching specific groups or should all the students, regardless of background, be expected to conform to the standard used in that classroom? Is it possible--or desirable--to differentiate instruction in a diverse classroom?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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