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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 "halves" did the girls' basketball team play?

2. Which family's dog sometimes visited the class when Ashton-Warner was teaching?

3. How did Ashton-Warner react to Matawhero's attack on the other student?

4. What illustration was NOT included in the pictures on the new coat hooks for the students?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened when Ashton-Warner attempted to secure school uniforms for her students from a nearby shop?

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

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

4. Why was it important to offer only present tense verbs to new readers?

5. What was Ashton-Warner's reaction to the traditional Maori music performed by the children under the direction of Kahu?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Based on categorizing the "first words" collected from her students, Ashton-Warner decided that there were two main instincts represented in these words--fear and sex. Is that a fair and accurate assessment? Are these two "emotions" universal (in terms of being expressed as "first words" among children)? Is fear something that all children feel and need to express? What is their likely understanding of the role of sex in their lives and the life of their community? Would children of different cultures also focus on words related to fear and sex and would those words differ from the Maori ones? What do these first words say about human nature?

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