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. In the story about the lonely princess, the bird helps the princess find a ___ child.

2. Who is sitting behind a tree and thinking she is not as nice as Magpie thinks she is, as Annabella and her father arrive in Magpie's Kingdom home?

3. Once it becomes night, Magpie directs his rescue companions to turn back because they can not do what?

4. What color is Raymond's hair?

5. On the journey to Magpie's Kingdom home, they reach ___ where Annabella wants to stop and smell the flowers.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What did Paley discover from talking to students about the "bosses" in play?

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

4. How did the second graders respond when Paley asked them about having bosses during play?

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

6. Why weren't Paley's students as excited as Annabella about new kids with whom they can play?

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

8. Following Magpie after the moving flowers over the mountain, what do they discover?

9. What convinces Annabella and Prince Kareem to accompany Magpie to his Kingdom home?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Paley's students perception of the new play rule as "protection" in Chapter 4? Protection from what? Also discuss how these students view the fairness or lack thereof of the new play rule. Be specific, citing examples from the entire book.

Essay Topic 2

How does or could Paley's new rule resolve or prevent certain issues that arise in the imaginary story? Cite several specific examples and provide supporting details.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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