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. Who almost steps on Magpie after his birth?

2. In Magpie's story, on what day does the lonely princess forget the rules while she is with her new friends?

3. Where do Annabella and her father live once they are in Magpie's Kingdom home?

4. In Annabella's castle, singing used to attract what?

5. During discussions with students, one grade decided to have what rule as an alternative to having a boss during play?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did problems arise with the new play rule and story telling?

2. In Chapter 1, how did teachers reinforce loneliness in children?

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

4. In Chapter 3, after trying to be nice to other students in his School why does Raymond cry out for Magpie?

5. What happens in Chapter 3 when Raymond tries to be nice at school?

6. Why are the dragons confused when the awaken?

7. How are the dragons encouraged to to explore the world?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Chapter 3, who is exempt from the new rule? Why is this person exempt? Should this person be exempt? How does this exemption affect the success of the new rule?

Essay Topic 2

How effective is the Magpie story initiated by Paley, in Chapter 1, in engaging students in a dialogue about the rejection in play, and helping them connect with others so they feel a need to use Paley's new rule? Specifically discuss how several of the students change and/or remain the same after hearing the story and the surrounding discussions.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 4, Paley observes the evolving rule in relation to students learning democratic procedures; adapting the rule to cover story-telling; and no longer looking for loopholes. Discuss each of these results. How they came to be and how they affect the students and the rule itself. Citing details from previous chapters may be helpful.

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