You Can't Say You Can't Play Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Vivian Paley
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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. How old was the author when she decides to set out to thwart this practice of "You can't play?"

2. In the story Magpie told to the flower prince, what does the eagle steal?

3. Magpie tells a story about a lonely princess who wished for what to come and help her?

4. The girl inside the castle is named Annabella and she is descended from ___ kings and queens.

5. In Chapter 2, after Lisa told her story, Paley realized that Lisa wanted to be like who from the imaginary story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Beatrice overhears Annabella and Alexandra agreeing to be friends, and does what about this, and why?

2. In Magpie's story why is it important for the lonely princess to only play with the fairy child during the day, and what happens when she forgets this rule?

3. What did second graders tell Paley when she did her inquiry with them?

4. In reviewing her notes, before speaking in Arizona, Paley noticed that her students had expressed what reasons for opposing the rule?

5. According to details in Chapter 1, how are Annabella and Alexandra different in appearance from each other?

6. Back in the class, in Chapter 2, why was Nelson rejected in play?

7. In Chapter 2, what does it mean when Annabella and the others hear a bell near the sea shore?

8. In Chapter 2 we are introduced to Raymond. Who is he?

9. Once the lonely princess is stranded and can not get back home from playing with the fairies, how does she end up getting home?

10. In Chapter 1, how did Paley go about getting her students to accept this new play rule?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 1, Paley led her class into a discussion about understanding rejection during play. The students engaged and talked about when they have been rejected; and how they felt for themselves and other students. How do the students comments during this discussion illustrate their understanding of rejection during play, and do any of their comments address Paley's question of whether such rejection is fair, considering that the classroom is the property of all the students.

Essay Topic 2

What parallels can be drawn between Paley's imposition of the new play rule in Chapter 3, and Raymond's attempts in the imaginary story to be nice?

Essay Topic 3

Angelo told Paley about his dream of being alone and that he was sad because of this. Annabella is found sad, alone, with her doll and refuses help. Compare and contrast similarities between these "outcasts," Angelo and Annabella.

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