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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. What were Ashton-Warner and Mr. Tremaine drinking while talking on the porch?

2. Which of her former students was NOT in the new classroom for the new readers?

3. What is a "waiata"?

4. What instrument did the seven-year-old twins play after the event for Kahu?

5. How many children were on Ashton-Warner's school basketball team?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Ashton-Warner describe the moments in her life when she knew the meaning of what was happening to her?

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

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

6. Why was Ashton-Warner upset about the way she handled Mark Cutter when his mother insisted that her son was advancing too quickly in class?

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

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

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

10. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ashton-Warner criticized the use of workbooks in schools, although she said she understood why some teachers relied on them. Do workbooks provide any benefits to the students? Are they absolutely necessary for determining how well a child is learning? Would it be possible to devise other ways of measuring a child's development? Are workbooks used because the curriculum is standardized for all children? Would they be helpful if curricula were tailored to individual students?

Essay Topic 2

As Ashton-Warner listened to a Maori adult teach her students a traditional song, she realized that she could not have done that because she was not Maori herself. She knew she could not bring forth the same passion that the Maori teacher did. How did being white affect Ashton-Warner's abilities as a teacher to a mostly-Maori classroom? Did it limit her in any way? Was she required to make changes to her technique because of the racial difference? Were there other situations (besides the traditional song) in which Ashton-Warner would have been at a significant disadvantage as a white person? Is it necessary to have teachers reflect the ethnic or racial makeup of their classrooms?

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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