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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Rodriguez call the English-speaking people his family interacts with?
(a) Otros.
(b) Gringos.
(c) Non-Mexicans.
(d) Foreigners.

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

4. How does the family's communication change as the children learn more English?
(a) Their mother and father speak to them, but they no longer talk to their grandmother.
(b) They enjoy speaking Spanish together more.
(c) They talk less because it is hard for the parents to understand their children when they speak English.
(d) Their mother talks to them a lot, but their father never speaks to them.

5. What does Rodriguez start to believe about intimate conversations?
(a) Intimate conversations are hard to have in the "public" language.
(b) He can have them with his family in spite of the language barrier.
(c) He can no longer have an intimate conversation in Spanish.
(d) He will never be able to have them with his family because of the language barrier.

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Rodriguez say he is writing this book?
(a) To encourage other people to get a good education.
(b) To study how he became the person he is today.
(c) To explain how hard school is for children who do not speak English.
(d) To complain about the bad schools he attended.

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

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

13. What did Rodriguez learn about other religions beside his own?
(a) They are "wrong" and his religion is "right."
(b) Everybody needs to choose their own religion.
(c) Other religions are similar to his own religion.
(d) There are lots of good religions in the world.

14. 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 refuse to pay for his education.
(c) They are proud of him, but they worry about how expensive it will be for him to go away to school.
(d) They worry about him going so far away.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does mass help his family?

2. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

3. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?

4. Once the family has shifted to speaking English, how does Rodriguez feel when he hears families speaking Spanish?

5. What does Rodriguez mean by "intimate utterance"?

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