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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. Who argued that good teachers incorporated all kinds of instructional strategies and are vigilant for "what works"?
(a) June Jordan.
(b) Lisa Delpit.
(c) Gilbert Ryle.
(d) John Holt.

2. In Chapter 6, "Keeping Track," what is the process of narrowing, punishing, and controlling from the outside that too often passed for assessment?
(a) Universalized.
(b) Factory-produced.
(c) Assessed.
(d) Standardized.

3. How old was Zayd when the transformation of child to adult began?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Ten.
(c) Fifteen.
(d) Thirteen.

4. What is a fixed and unvarying oversimplified belief that carries negative undercurrents?
(a) Regional stereotype.
(b) Cultural stereotypes.
(c) Prejudice.
(d) Regional prejudice.

5. What was the most recent standardized test Ayers took?
(a) ACT.
(b) GRE.
(c) Basic Skills Test.
(d) PSAE.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 7, "Mystery of Teaching," who told a remarkable story of learning to read as a subversive activity?

2. Who was critically injured in a mountain climbing accident and struggled to walk?

3. What does great teaching demand according to Ayers?

4. Who founded the Workshop Center at City College in New York?

5. How do students often meet the curriculum as suggested by Ayers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ayers's quest in teaching.

2. What does Ayers believe the fundamental curriculum question is?

3. What are the alternatives to standardized tests discussed by Ayers?

4. How does Ayers suggest people meet the problem of guidelines and mandates?

5. What were Ayers's feelings during the Illinois Teachers Basic Skills Test?

6. According to Ayers, what is one argument that supported proponents of phonics?

7. In Chapter 4, "Building Bridges," describe Zayd's "coming of age" discoveries.

8. Based on Chapter 4, "Building Bridges," describe why Zayd's project, a project focused on values, was an important hopeful approach to teaching.

9. What are Ayers's feelings on standardized tests?

10. Describe the corner Ayers's classroom where students would have had access to materials regarding "coming of age."

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