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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Rodriguez and his siblings learn more English, what happens to their family?
(a) The family grows closer together.
(b) The parents depend on the children to do the talking in public.
(c) The children start disobeying their parents.
(d) The family loses some of its closeness.

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

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

4. What does Rodriguez's teacher tell him about reading and complicated ideas?
(a) He needs to read 5,000 books to have a complicated idea.
(b) People who do not read cannot have complicated ideas.
(c) He needs to read 2,000 books to have a complicated idea.
(d) Reading will teach him complicated ideas.

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

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

7. How does a newspaper affect Rodriguez's reading habits?
(a) He decides to read the newspaper instead of books.
(b) An article describes 100 important books and he decides to read all of them.
(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.

8. Why is the picture of Christ with a punctured heart important?
(a) It frightens Richard and gives him nightmares.
(b) It symbolizes the intersection of church, school, and home.
(c) It symbolizes everything his family believes about God.
(d) It is the first gift his family gets from a priest.

9. Did Rodriguez's brother and sister tell him what to expect at school?
(a) They told him to be good and listen to the teacher.
(b) No, they never talked about it.
(c) No, he was the first one in his family to go to school.
(d) They told him he would have fun.

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

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

12. How does the scholarship boy use education?
(a) To make friends.
(b) To get a good job.
(c) To change himself.
(d) To make money.

13. What does Rodriguez's family call him?
(a) Poncho.
(b) Pokey.
(c) Paco.
(d) Pocho.

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

15. How does Rodriguez's mother react to his educational accomplishments?
(a) She does not care if he does well in school.
(b) She tries to help him with his homework.
(c) She is embarrassed because her smart son does not speak Spanish well.
(d) She asks questions and is pleased when he wins awards.

Short Answer Questions

1. As a child, how does Rodriguez feel about speaking English?

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

3. What does Rodriguez say would be the disadvantage of bilingual education?

4. What does Rodriguez say education does to the scholarship boy?

5. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?

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