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Multiple Choice Questions

1. As a child, how does Rodriguez feel about speaking English?
(a) He thinks it is a waste of time.
(b) He is proud that he learns to speak English well.
(c) He is eager to learn to speak English.
(d) He is afraid of it.

2. How does the family's use of the word "gringo" change as the children learn more English?
(a) It starts to mean "a non-Hispanic American" as opposed to the "other" or "outsider" that it used to imply.
(b) They use it to compliment each other on how well they speak English.
(c) They stop saying it because they no longer use Spanish words.
(d) The children do not like their parents to use that word any more.

3. How does Rodriguez feel about his religious education?
(a) It isolated him.
(b) It helped him become successful.
(c) It changed his life.
(d) It kept him closer to his parents.

4. In Aria, Chapter 3, why does Rodriguez's family tease him?
(a) Because he reads too many books.
(b) Because he is bad at sports.
(c) Because he cannot speak Spanish very well.
(d) Because they think he is ugly.

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

6. Who does Rodriguez say surrounds him now?
(a) Rich people.
(b) The children he teaches.
(c) Politicians and lawmakers.
(d) Spanish-speaking immigrants.

7. What does his mother think about his reading?
(a) She does not understand it.
(b) She hopes that he can teach her to read better.
(c) She is proud of him for reading so much.
(d) She wishes he would read less and go play sports.

8. What does Rodriguez mean by "intimate utterance"?
(a) Intimate words should not be spoken in public.
(b) It is easier to be intimate in Spanish than in English.
(c) Words take their meaning from the relationship between the speakers.
(d) Some words are more intimate than others.

9. What does Rodriguez's family seem to think about Spanish and English?
(a) Spanish and English are equally good languages.
(b) Richard needs to remember his Spanish, even if that hurts his education.
(c) Richard should speak only Spanish.
(d) Richard should learn to speak only in English to be more successful.

10. In The Achievement of Desire, Prologue, Rodriguez says that now that he is successful, people always ask him a certain question. What is it?
(a) How did you manage your success?
(b) Can I have your autograph?
(c) Did you benefit from affirmative action?
(d) Are your brothers and sisters as smart as you are?

11. When Rodriguez's mother becomes more fluent in English, she convinces her husband to buy _________. (fill in the blank)
(a) A house.
(b) A telephone.
(c) A television.
(d) A new car.

12. What religion does Rodriguez's family practice?
(a) Christianity.
(b) Judaism.
(c) Catholicism.
(d) Buddhism.

13. What is Rodriguez taught about marrying someone of a different religion?
(a) It is difficult to make it work.
(b) It is a sin.
(c) It is all right if both families approve of it.
(d) It is a good idea.

14. Does Rodriguez think his religious education had the effect it was supposed to?
(a) Yes, because he gets a good education.
(b) No, because the schools were supposed to give him a broader view.
(c) No, because he eventually stops practicing the religion.
(d) Yes, because it kept him involved with the religion.

15. Why does Rodriguez say he is writing this book?
(a) To complain about the bad schools he attended.
(b) To encourage other people to get a good education.
(c) To study how he became the person he is today.
(d) To explain how hard school is for children who do not speak English.

Short Answer Questions

1. As he finishes his education, does Rodriguez think his parents still love him? How do you know?

2. How does Rodriguez feel when he observes the group of black teenagers on the bus?

3. Did Rodriguez's brother and sister tell him what to expect at school?

4. What do fellow students think of the scholarship boy?

5. What does Rodriguez start to notice about English?

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