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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Did Rodriguez's parents get the same amount of education that he did?
(a) Yes, but they went to school in Mexico so they do not speak English very well.
(b) No.
(c) No, and they did not want him to go to school so much, either.
(d) Yes.

2. Once the family has shifted to speaking English, how does Rodriguez feel when he hears families speaking Spanish?
(a) Rodriguez is frustrated because he thinks those families are making it harder for their children to learn English.
(b) Rodriguez is embarrassed because he thinks everyone should speak English.
(c) Rodriguez is sad because it reminds him of the closeness his family lost.
(d) Rodriguez is pleased to know that Spanish is still being spoken in people's homes.

3. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?
(a) Do not read it at all.
(b) Read it every day.
(c) Read it in the classroom with someone to guide him.
(d) Read it at mass on Sunday.

4. Where does Rodriguez find the description of the "scholarship boy"?
(a) In a book about literacy.
(b) In a magazine article about the modern education system.
(c) In a book about psychology.
(d) In a magazine article about literacy.

5. What religious figure was very important in his parents' old church, but becomes less important in the new church?
(a) Jesus.
(b) The priest.
(c) The Virgin Mary.
(d) St. Peter.

6. What does Rodriguez call the English-speaking people his family interacts with?
(a) Otros.
(b) Foreigners.
(c) Gringos.
(d) Non-Mexicans.

7. In The Achievement of Desire, Chapter 4, what is Rodriguez afraid to admit?
(a) He will have to leave school soon.
(b) He still does not like reading very much.
(c) He does not like his family very much.
(d) He longs for his own past.

8. How does Rodriguez get involved in his church?
(a) He goes to mass every week.
(b) He studies to become a priest.
(c) He reads the Bible aloud in church.
(d) He becomes an altar boy.

9. What does Rodriguez say would be the benefit of bilingual education?
(a) He would feel more comfortable in the classroom.
(b) He would get better grades.
(c) He could understand the homework assignments better.
(d) He could ask the teacher questions more easily.

10. What does Rodriguez say about bilingual education and the language of "separateness"?
(a) Bilingual education should reinforce the separation of the two languages.
(b) Students will learn better if they feel they are separate from English-speaking students.
(c) Bilingual students feel separated from their education in an English-only classroom.
(d) Other languages reinforce the idea that the students are separate from the larger society.

11. What two versions of his religion does Rodriguez say his parents had to choose between?
(a) The version that talks about sin and the version that talks about love.
(b) The old-fashioned version and the modern version.
(c) The Mexican version and the English-speaking version.
(d) The gentle, happy version and the intense, frightening version.

12. As Rodriguez moves into college and graduate school, how does his relationship with his parents change?
(a) They start talking again.
(b) They argue a lot.
(c) They have even less to say to each other.
(d) They ask him a lot more questions about his studies.

13. Why do Rodriguez's teachers visit his house?
(a) To ask his parents to volunteer at the school.
(b) To talk about his bad behavior.
(c) To ask the family to practice speaking English.
(d) To meet his parents.

14. According to Rodriguez, what is wrong with speaking a private language in public?
(a) Most people will not understand what is being said.
(b) It prevents people from learning the public language.
(c) It is embarrassing.
(d) It will eventually stop being a private language.

15. How does Rodriguez's grandmother affect his ideas on language?
(a) Translating her stories helps him realize that intimacy is not connected to one language.
(b) Translating her stories shows him how things get lost in translation.
(c) She tells him Spanish is the best language.
(d) Her stubborn refusal to speak English shows him how people cling to old ideas.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Rodriguez believe Spanish should be spoken?

2. Once Rodriguez takes the reading class, how does he feel about reading and books?

3. What does Rodriguez start to notice about English?

4. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

5. What is Rodriguez taught about marrying someone of a different religion?

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