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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When he graduates, where does Rodriguez live?
(a) In his own apartment.
(b) With his parents.
(c) With his girlfriend.
(d) With his brother.

2. What does Rodriguez say education does to the scholarship boy?
(a) It teaches him to look down on people who are not educated.
(b) It teaches him to fight for justice.
(c) It teaches him to be less unique and more like other people.
(d) It teaches him to stand up for himself.

3. How does Rodriguez think the church treats his parents?
(a) It respects them as people.
(b) It insults them.
(c) It makes a fuss over them.
(d) It does not pay attention to them.

4. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?
(a) More friends.
(b) A chance to go to college.
(c) Better grades.
(d) A place in public society.

5. 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) Are your brothers and sisters as smart as you are?
(b) Did you benefit from affirmative action?
(c) Can I have your autograph?
(d) How did you manage your success?

6. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?
(a) It was the worst thing that ever happened to him.
(b) He is angry that they did not have programs for bilingual children when he went to school.
(c) It was the best thing that ever happened to him.
(d) He has conflicting feelings.

7. How does Rodriguez feel about his parents' English skills?
(a) He thinks they do all right speaking a mix of Spanish and English.
(b) He wishes his mom would do all the talking.
(c) He is afraid they will get in trouble because they do not speak English properly.
(d) He is troubled by their poor English skills.

8. In The Achievement of Desire, Chapter 4, how does Rodriguez describe his relationship with his parents?
(a) They are "culturally separated."
(b) They are "strangers and relatives."
(c) They are "warm but uncomfortable."
(d) They are "the old way and the new way."

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

10. How does a newspaper affect Rodriguez's reading habits?
(a) An article describes 100 important books and he decides to read all of them.
(b) He decides to read the newspaper instead of books.
(c) An article explains why reading books can help you do well on tests, so he reads even more books.
(d) He decides to read all the book on the bestseller list.

11. How does Rodriguez's father react to his educational accomplishments?
(a) He throws away Richard's diploma.
(b) He teases him, but is still proud of him.
(c) He says college is a waste of time.
(d) He does not care if Richard does well in school.

12. How does Rodriguez describe the sound of English?
(a) Flat and boring.
(b) Awkward and confusing.
(c) Weak and quiet.
(d) Loud and confident.

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

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

15. What does Rodriguez start to notice about English?
(a) How much easier it is to say things in English than in Spanish.
(b) Words he understands now that he did not understand before.
(c) Sounds and tones he previously ignored.
(d) How much English helps him do better in school.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Rodriguez moves into graduate school, what does he realize about his education?

2. How does Rodriguez feel about learning English?

3. How does Rodriguez feel about his religious education?

4. What do teachers think of the scholarship boy?

5. What does Rodriguez's teacher tell him about reading and complicated ideas?

(see the answer keys)

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