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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 author stated that "words have souls"?

2. When was the last time someone bought new things for Helen?

3. How much money had been lost in poker and beer by the parent of one student, in the section "Composition"?

4. According to Ashton-Warner, who provided the beer for the three-day party?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How did the behavior of the children differ in the new classrooms compared to when Ashton-Warner taught at the school?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Maori children in Ashton-Warner's classroom encountered racism from the majority white population in New Zealand. How did these attitudes affect the students at home and in the community? How did it affect them in the classroom? Did having a white teacher have an impact on them, even if she was open and accepting of them? How do societal assumptions and expectations impact a child's ability to perform in school? Do children internalize the prejudices they encounter or are they able to escape them in the classroom? How do teachers deal with the impact these prejudices may have on their students? Is it possible to fully counter them in school?

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

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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