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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. As Rodriguez learns more English, what does he do about his parents' English skills?
(a) He teaches them how to speak English.
(b) He corrects their grammar.
(c) He tells them to be quiet and let him do the talking.
(d) He gets angry at them for speaking Spanish.

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

6. What does Rodriguez's teacher tell him about reading and complicated ideas?
(a) Reading will teach him complicated ideas.
(b) People who do not read cannot have complicated ideas.
(c) He needs to read 5,000 books to have a complicated idea.
(d) He needs to read 2,000 books to have a complicated idea.

7. How does the scholarship boy use education?
(a) To change himself.
(b) To make money.
(c) To make friends.
(d) To get a good job.

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

9. Did Rodriguez's parents get the same amount of education that he did?
(a) No, and they did not want him to go to school so much, either.
(b) Yes.
(c) Yes, but they went to school in Mexico so they do not speak English very well.
(d) No.

10. What does Rodriguez say is the real reason for his success?
(a) Reading every book he could find.
(b) Working very hard.
(c) Kissing up to the teacher.
(d) Remembering what his life was like before he was educated.

11. Why is the picture of Christ with a punctured heart important?
(a) It is the first gift his family gets from a priest.
(b) It symbolizes the intersection of church, school, and home.
(c) It frightens Richard and gives him nightmares.
(d) It symbolizes everything his family believes about God.

12. What is Rodriguez told when he asks questions about the church?
(a) Asking questions is a good thing to do.
(b) Only ask questions of the priests and nuns.
(c) God will answer all your questions.
(d) Do not ask questions; just memorize the right answers.

13. How does Rodriguez's father change as the family starts to speak English more?
(a) He gets upset and insists that they speak to him in Spanish.
(b) He takes classes to learn English.
(c) He grows quieter because he is uncomfortable with English.
(d) He complains about using English.

14. How does Rodriguez feel about his parents' English skills?
(a) He thinks they do all right speaking a mix of Spanish and English.
(b) He is afraid they will get in trouble because they do not speak English properly.
(c) He is troubled by their poor English skills.
(d) He wishes his mom would do all the talking.

15. How does mass help his family?
(a) They all participate in the mass together.
(b) They go to mass together, even as they are growing more distant.
(c) They all go out to eat afterwards and have a good time.
(d) They pray for family closeness.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does a newspaper affect Rodriguez's reading habits?

2. How does the family's use of the word "gringo" change as the children learn more English?

3. What does Rodriguez's family seem to think about Spanish and English?

4. What does Rodriguez do in Aria, Chapter 2, that gives him the confidence to speak up in class?

5. What does Rodriguez say about how the people around him now say his name?

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