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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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) How did you manage your success?
(c) Can I have your autograph?
(d) Did you benefit from affirmative action?

5. How does Rodriguez feel about learning English?
(a) Frustrated, because he does not learn it very well.
(b) Bored, because he does not really want to learn it.
(c) Guilty, because he feels like he has damaged his family's close relationship.
(d) Proud, because it is a hard language to learn.

6. How does a scholarship boy form his own ideas or opinions?
(a) He bases his ideas on what he learns in class.
(b) He learns about other's ideas and opinions, but does not have his own ideas.
(c) He bases his ideas on what his classmates tell him.
(d) He bases his ideas on what his teacher tells him.

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

8. How does Rodriguez explain his success to people?
(a) He went to a good school and had supportive parents.
(b) He was just very lucky.
(c) He had good teachers.
(d) He worked very hard.

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

10. 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 will eventually stop being a private language.
(c) It prevents people from learning the public language.
(d) It is embarrassing.

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

12. What do fellow students think of the scholarship boy?
(a) They are proud of his efforts.
(b) They think he works too hard.
(c) They think he is the teacher's pet.
(d) They think he needs to work harder.

13. Is Rodriguez's education affected by his religion? If so, how?
(a) No, because his education is not a religious education.
(b) Yes, because he spends his whole day praying and does not study.
(c) Yes, because he only studies religious material.
(d) Yes, because his education is scheduled around religious services.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?

2. Where do Rodriguez's parents speak Spanish and where do they speak English?

3. Where does Rodriguez start school?

4. How does the family's communication change as the children learn more English?

5. What does Rodriguez's family seem to think about Spanish and English?

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