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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 color did Ashton-Warner say she liked after her basketball team won?

2. What word was outlawed at the school?

3. How many children can work at the art easel in the new classroom?

4. What position did Matawhero's grandfather hold?

5. What color were the new doors in the classrooms?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What role did discipline play in Ashton-Warner's classroom?

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

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

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

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

9. Why did Ashton-Warner's white student, Dennis, have a nervous breakdown?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Ashton-Warner was willing to sometimes rein in her classroom, overall she accepted the fact that there would be noisy chaos among the children. How does a teacher harness this sort of energy when asking the students to perform specific tasks? How does he ensure that it does not become disruptive? Based on Ashton-Warner's experiences, is this noise ever destructive? Would it be possible to allow this level of noise in most modern-day classrooms or would the differences among the children preclude allowing it?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

A professor told Ashton-Warner that "tidiness kills education." She so admired the expression that she asked him to repeat it. How was this philosophy reflected in Ashton-Warner's teaching style? What advantages are there to maintaining a sense of chaos and disorder in the classroom? Is learning a neat and tidy activity, or is it naturally messy? How can teachers ensure that maintaining a "neat" classroom does not interfere with students' natural learning patterns?

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