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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rodriguez say about how the people around him now say his name?
(a) They pronounce it differently than his Spanish-speaking family.
(b) They say his name just like everyone else's name.
(c) They say it as if they are impressed to know him.
(d) They mispronounce it.

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

3. As a child, how does Rodriguez feel about speaking English?
(a) He is afraid of it.
(b) He thinks it is a waste of time.
(c) He is eager to learn to speak English.
(d) He is proud that he learns to speak English well.

4. Rodriguez describes events that happened how many years ago?
(a) 10 years.
(b) 20 years.
(c) 30 years.
(d) 5 years.

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

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

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

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

9. When he graduates, where does Rodriguez live?
(a) With his parents.
(b) With his girlfriend.
(c) In his own apartment.
(d) With his brother.

10. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?
(a) Read it in the classroom with someone to guide him.
(b) Read it at mass on Sunday.
(c) Read it every day.
(d) Do not read it at all.

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

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

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

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

15. Where does Rodriguez believe Spanish should be spoken?
(a) In public.
(b) In the classroom.
(c) Everywhere.
(d) In private, with family or close friends.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez feel about his religious education?

2. How does Rodriguez feel about learning English?

3. What does his mother think about his reading?

4. What does religion do for his parents?

5. 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?

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