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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Rodriguez like as a student?
(a) A slow learner who worked very hard.
(b) A bookworm who admired his teachers.
(c) The kind of student to whom everything came easily.
(d) A troublemaker who was bored in class.

2. How does Rodriguez's mother change as the family starts to speak English more?
(a) She gets upset and insists that they speak to her in Spanish.
(b) She complains about using English.
(c) She helps her children learn more English.
(d) She learns more English and works hard to talk to her children.

3. What is Rodriguez's initial response to bilingual education?
(a) He thinks it makes students work harder.
(b) He disagrees with it.
(c) He thinks it is too hard on the teacher.
(d) He thinks it would have helped him a lot.

4. How does Rodriguez feel about his family background?
(a) He is proud of it.
(b) He does not think about it too much.
(c) He wants to know more about it.
(d) He is embarrassed by it.

5. How does the family's communication change as the children learn more English?
(a) They talk less because it is hard for the parents to understand their children when they speak English.
(b) Their mother talks to them a lot, but their father never speaks to them.
(c) They enjoy speaking Spanish together more.
(d) Their mother and father speak to them, but they no longer talk to their grandmother.

6. When Rodriguez hears about religious practices that are different from his own, what does he think of them?
(a) He is shocked and thinks they are wrong.
(b) He is curious about them.
(c) He likes them better than his own practices.
(d) He sees how similar they are to his own practices.

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

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

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

10. What does Rodriguez do in Aria, Chapter 2, that gives him the confidence to speak up in class?
(a) Practicing English with his family.
(b) Getting extra help from the teacher.
(c) Learning English from listening to the radio.
(d) Studying with a classmate.

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

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

13. Where do Rodriguez's parents speak Spanish and where do they speak English?
(a) Spanish at home, English in public.
(b) English at home, Spanish in public.
(c) Spanish everywhere.
(d) English everywhere.

14. What does Rodriguez start to believe about intimate conversations?
(a) He can no longer have an intimate conversation in Spanish.
(b) Intimate conversations are hard to have in the "public" language.
(c) He can have them with his family in spite of the language barrier.
(d) He will never be able to have them with his family because of the language barrier.

15. How is the "scholarship boy" described?
(a) A good son but a troubled student.
(b) A good student who is guaranteed to succeed.
(c) A good student but a troubled son.
(d) A good son who wants to please his parents.

Short Answer Questions

1. Does Rodriguez think his religious education had the effect it was supposed to?

2. How does Rodriguez's mother react to his educational accomplishments?

3. What religious figure was very important in his parents' old church, but becomes less important in the new church?

4. How does Rodriguez describe his life as a child?

5. What does Rodriguez's family call him?

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