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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 student had a father who worked at the carnival?

2. How many "halves" did the girls' basketball team play?

3. What was one of the items "missing" from the new classroom?

4. What story was Ashton-Warner asked to read while trying to get the child to nap?

5. How many children were in Puki's family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the two worst enemies of teaching?

3. What did the students' compositions reveal about their family lives?

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

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

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

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

8. Why did Ashton-Warner focus on teaching her Maori students nouns at first?

9. 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?

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

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

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

Ashton-Warner rejected the use of corporal punishment, while pointing out that many prominent philosophers embraced it. Write an essay exploring this issue. Is corporal punishment ever effective? What short-term and long-term impacts does it have on children? Does it make a difference if it is administered at home or in a school setting? What other disciplinary techniques can be used, both at home and at school? Include in your essay whether most schools today allow corporal punishment and how attitudes have changed since Ashton-Warner first wrote "Teacher."

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