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Bill Ayers
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which Greek God did Ayers compare outstanding teachers to?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Homer.
(c) Achilles.
(d) Odysseus.

2. What does Ayers state is part of the intellectual challenge of teaching, in addition to knowing students?
(a) Self-awareness.
(b) Compassion.
(c) Self-reflection.
(d) Kindness.

3. According to Ayers, what were many of Ayers's students when he began teaching?
(a) Barbarians.
(b) Culturally deprived.
(c) Savages.
(d) At Risk.

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

5. Ayers believed that what is the strongest source of knowledge about a student?
(a) Teachers.
(b) The parents.
(c) The student.
(d) Doctors.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chapter 2, "Seeing the Student," how did a staff review session end?

2. Who argued that "the teacher who wishes to be more functionary cannot escape the value problem or the difficult matter of moral choice"?

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

4. What model is curriculum built on based on Ayers's research?

5. Compared to 0 dollars spent on school construction, how much did Illinois spend on prison construction in 1999?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Ayers, what is the framework of a daily lesson plan?

2. What did Carolyn Jackson suggest about what it means to be black in America?

3. What can a teacher do to get parental involvement according to Ayers?

4. According to Ayers, how do students describe teachers?

5. Citing Ayers's research, describe the negatives of big schools.

6. What reasons does Ayers give not to teach?

7. What does Ayers say that childhood is a time for?

8. What does learning require, according to Ayers's research?

9. As stated by Ayers, why are people drawn to the teaching profession?

10. In Chapter 3, "Creating an Environment for Learning," what was found on the wall of Mr. Ayers classrooms?

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