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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 many Maori readers did Aston-Warner hand-print?
2. Which basketball-playing student claimed she would not return to school after being punished for bad behavior?
3. Which student wrote about his father hitting his mother in her face in "Compositions"?
4. What was the weather like the day Ashton-Warner met with Tremaine?
5. What instrument did the seven-year-old twins play after the event for Kahu?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did Ashton-Warner focus on teaching her Maori students nouns at first?
2. How did sentence length differ between whites and Maoris?
3. Why did Ashton-Warner's white student, Dennis, have a nervous breakdown?
4. What revelation did Ashton-Warner have in "Post-Holiday Notes" about using Maori readers with both Maori and white students?
5. In "Post Holiday Notes," what word did Ashton-Warner use to represent the key instinct of fear to her students?
6. How did Maoris and whites differ in terms of communal gatherings?
7. How did Ashton-Warner view the importance of handwriting?
8. Why did Ashton-Warner write at the end of "Holidays" that she was no longer lonely?
9. In her discussion of pedagogy as marriage, what did Ashton-Warner mean when she said that "love interferes with fidelity"?
10. What did the students' compositions reveal about their family lives?
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
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?
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