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Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Rodriguez reaches the end of his education, what does he have to confront?
(a) His lack of any friends or girlfriends.
(b) His need to get a job.
(c) The discrimination he experiences as a Hispanic man.
(d) His damaged relationship with his parents.

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

3. Rodriguez has acknowledged that his relationship with his family changed as he became more educated. What does he say about how that affected his success?
(a) He used it to explain to people what his life was like before he was educated.
(b) He used it as an excuse to not work very hard.
(c) He does not complain about the change because he is so glad to be well-educated.
(d) He used it to motivate him to try harder.

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

10. What two versions of his religion does Rodriguez say his parents had to choose between?
(a) The old-fashioned version and the modern version.
(b) The version that talks about sin and the version that talks about love.
(c) The Mexican version and the English-speaking version.
(d) The gentle, happy version and the intense, frightening version.

11. How well can Rodriguez speak English when he starts school?
(a) He does not speak English at all.
(b) He speaks English pretty well.
(c) He is fluent in English and Spanish.
(d) His English is very limited.

12. 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 "warm but uncomfortable."
(c) They are "culturally separated."
(d) They are "the old way and the new way."

13. How do Rodriguez's parents respond when he wants to go to Stanford?
(a) They brag to everyone about their son, the Stanford student.
(b) They worry about him going so far away.
(c) They are proud of him, but they worry about how expensive it will be for him to go away to school.
(d) They refuse to pay for his education.

14. How does Rodriguez describe himself now?
(a) A middle-class American.
(b) An education expert.
(c) A Latino activist.
(d) A famous author.

15. According to Rodriguez, what is wrong with speaking a private language in public?
(a) It prevents people from learning the public language.
(b) It is embarrassing.
(c) Most people will not understand what is being said.
(d) It will eventually stop being a private language.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Rodriguez say he is writing this book?

2. In The Achievement of Desire, Chapter 4, what is Rodriguez afraid to admit?

3. Once Rodriguez takes the reading class, how does he feel about reading and books?

4. What does Rodriguez start to notice about English?

5. How is the "scholarship boy" described?

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