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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. As a young child, how does Rodriguez feel about books?
(a) He is excited to learn to read.
(b) He is not really interested in them.
(c) He is afraid of them.
(d) He thinks they are boring.

3. As Rodriguez moves into college and graduate school, how does his relationship with his parents change?
(a) They start talking again.
(b) They ask him a lot more questions about his studies.
(c) They have even less to say to each other.
(d) They argue a lot.

4. How does Rodriguez's father react to his educational accomplishments?
(a) He says college is a waste of time.
(b) He throws away Richard's diploma.
(c) He does not care if Richard does well in school.
(d) He teases him, but is still proud of him.

5. What does Rodriguez say would be the disadvantage of bilingual education?
(a) It would mean he was only in class with other people who spoke Spanish.
(b) It would make it easier to cheat on tests.
(c) It would limit the things he could study in school.
(d) It would make him lazy about learning English.

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

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

8. Does Rodriguez believe that not speaking English well has consequences for his parents?
(a) Yes, he thinks they got cheated out of money because of it.
(b) Yes, because they could not talk to the doctor if they were sick.
(c) No, he says they did all right in spite of the language problems.
(d) No, because they always stayed in places where the other people spoke Spanish, too.

9. What does Rodriguez see as the value of a book?
(a) Its characters.
(b) Its plot or storyline.
(c) Its vocabulary and use of language.
(d) Its theme.

10. How does Rodriguez's grandmother affect his ideas on language?
(a) Translating her stories shows him how things get lost in translation.
(b) She tells him Spanish is the best language.
(c) Translating her stories helps him realize that intimacy is not connected to one language.
(d) Her stubborn refusal to speak English shows him how people cling to old ideas.

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

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) It starts to mean "a non-Hispanic American" as opposed to the "other" or "outsider" that it used to imply.
(c) The children do not like their parents to use that word any more.
(d) They use it to compliment each other on how well they speak English.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Rodriguez told when he asks questions about the church?

2. When Rodriguez's mother becomes more fluent in English, she convinces her husband to buy _________. (fill in the blank)

3. Where does Rodriguez believe English should be spoken?

4. What do teachers think of the scholarship boy?

5. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?

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