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Bill Ayers
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What exists less than a half-mile from the University of Illinois-Chicago?
(a) Cabrini Green.
(b) A shanty town.
(c) A habitat house.
(d) An old church.

2. What was the average annual cost to house an inmate in 1999?
(a) $20,000.
(b) $30,000.
(c) $10,000.
(d) $50,000.

3. What was one of the goals of the Prospect School?
(a) Supported teacher's efforts to create a learning culture.
(b) Less structured curriculum.
(c) Supported students rights.
(d) Higher pay for teachers.

4. What did Ayers say "cramped choices and strangled life chances for the children of the poor"?
(a) Inequalities.
(b) Teachers.
(c) Schools.
(d) Parents.

5. According to Ayers, what is in charge at the schools that limited individuality?
(a) The building
(b) The schedule.
(c) The principal.
(d) The teacher.

6. What was the name of the group of housing activists who constructed simple and livable structures for the homeless?
(a) Helping Hands of Chicago.
(b) Habitat for Humanity.
(c) Housing Agency of Chicago.
(d) Mad Housers of Chicago.

7. What does Ayers say lesson plans typically begin with?
(a) With state and national standards.
(b) With behavioral objectives.
(c) With an anticipatory set.
(d) With lesson objectives.

8. According to Ayers, how many Americans were incarcerated in the year 2000?
(a) 500,000.
(b) 200,000.
(c) One million.
(d) Two million.

9. Ayers believes that learning is what?
(a) Not linear.
(b) Boring.
(c) Hard.
(d) Easy.

10. According to Chapter 2, "Seeing the Student," how did a staff review session end?
(a) In an abrupt manner.
(b) With critical discussion.
(c) With a decision.
(d) Provided teachers with a deeper understanding.

11. Who was an amazing teacher that argued that the essence of cognitive development was "having wonderful ideas"?
(a) Jose Vega.
(b) Mara Sapon-Shevin.
(c) Eleanor Duckworth.
(d) Pat Carini.

12. What became a helpful guide to teaching for Ayers and other teachers?
(a) Motivational speakers visited and taught.
(b) Videos of best practice.
(c) The teacher allowed the student to pursue their goals.
(d) The teacher taught straight from the book.

13. Ayers suggests that what happens when teacher's begin to value a child's opinions and experiences?
(a) Children became more shy.
(b) Children became close-minded.
(c) Children disobeyed authority figures.
(d) Children began to think more openly.

14. According to Ayers, what is the goal when kids become the "crowd or herd"?
(a) Teach students one on one.
(b) Teach great lessons.
(c) To manage the mob.
(d) Create the "factory" student.

15. Whose house does Ayers say "invited one to pray"?
(a) Coretta's house.
(b) BJ's house.
(c) Malcolm and Sue's house.
(d) Harriet and Efrem's house.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Greek God did Ayers compare outstanding teachers to?

2. Who asked how race relations were going in Chicago?

3. In Chapter 1, "Beginning: The Challenge of Teaching," how did one learn how to work well with youngsters?

4. Ayers claims that what type of school tends be mechanistic and managerial, hierarchical, and bureaucratic?

5. What do kids see that school is linked by more than anything else?

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