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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Rodriguez describe his life as a child?
(a) Frightening.
(b) Fun.
(c) Sheltered.
(d) Boring.

2. What religious figure was very important in his parents' old church, but becomes less important in the new church?
(a) St. Peter.
(b) Jesus.
(c) The priest.
(d) The Virgin Mary.

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

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

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

6. In The Achievement of Desire, Chapter 4, what is Rodriguez afraid to admit?
(a) He longs for his own past.
(b) He does not like his family very much.
(c) He still does not like reading very much.
(d) He will have to leave school soon.

7. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a child?
(a) A wild troublemaker.
(b) Spoiled and bratty.
(c) Socially disadvantaged.
(d) Comfortable with English- and Spanish-speaking people.

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

9. How does Rodriguez see the scholarship boy?
(a) As the teacher's pet.
(b) As someone who is doomed to fail.
(c) As the teacher's puppet.
(d) As the future of the country.

10. What does Rodriguez realize about language and intimacy?
(a) That Spanish is always a more intimate language that English.
(b) That language is how a person maintains their intimacy with other people.
(c) That intimacy is about the relationship between the people, not about what language they speak.
(d) That he can express himself better in English than in Spanish.

11. What is Rodriguez taught about marrying someone of a different religion?
(a) It is all right if both families approve of it.
(b) It is a good idea.
(c) It is difficult to make it work.
(d) It is a sin.

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

13. When does Rodriguez begin to question his religion?
(a) When he starts to read more books.
(b) When he is in college.
(c) When they tell him not to ask questions about religion.
(d) After he graduates from school.

14. As he finishes his education, does Rodriguez think his parents still love him? How do you know?
(a) No, because they do not talk to him.
(b) Yes, because they try to talk to him.
(c) Yes, because they throw him a graduation party.
(d) Yes, because there are intimate gestures even though they do not talk much.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez feel about his religious education?

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

3. As a young child, how does Rodriguez feel about books?

4. Does Rodriguez believe that not speaking English well has consequences for his parents?

5. How does Rodriguez's father react to his educational accomplishments?

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