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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does his mother think about his reading?
(a) She hopes that he can teach her to read better.
(b) She wishes he would read less and go play sports.
(c) She does not understand it.
(d) She is proud of him for reading so much.

2. What does Rodriguez's family call him?
(a) Poncho.
(b) Pokey.
(c) Pocho.
(d) Paco.

3. As Rodriguez moves into graduate school, what does he realize about his education?
(a) He is afraid of failing in school.
(b) He is using it to hide from his life.
(c) He is the most educated person in his family.
(d) His parents will never be proud of his accomplishments.

4. 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, because they always stayed in places where the other people spoke Spanish, too.
(d) No, he says they did all right in spite of the language problems.

5. What does Rodriguez say about how the people around him now say his name?
(a) They mispronounce it.
(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 pronounce it differently than his Spanish-speaking family.

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

7. How does a scholarship boy form his own ideas or opinions?
(a) He bases his ideas on what he learns in class.
(b) He learns about other's ideas and opinions, but does not have his own ideas.
(c) He bases his ideas on what his classmates tell him.
(d) He bases his ideas on what his teacher tells him.

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

9. 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.

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

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

12. Where do Rodriguez's parents speak Spanish and where do they speak English?
(a) English everywhere.
(b) English at home, Spanish in public.
(c) Spanish everywhere.
(d) Spanish at home, English in public.

13. What does Rodriguez say education does to the scholarship boy?
(a) It teaches him to stand up for himself.
(b) It teaches him to look down on people who are not educated.
(c) It teaches him to fight for justice.
(d) It teaches him to be less unique and more like other people.

14. Why do Rodriguez's teachers visit his house?
(a) To ask his parents to volunteer at the school.
(b) To ask the family to practice speaking English.
(c) To meet his parents.
(d) To talk about his bad behavior.

15. In The Achievement of Desire, Prologue, Rodriguez says that now that he is successful, people always ask him a certain question. What is it?
(a) Did you benefit from affirmative action?
(b) How did you manage your success?
(c) Can I have your autograph?
(d) Are your brothers and sisters as smart as you are?

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez learn about sin?

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

3. When does Rodriguez begin to question his religion?

4. What do fellow students think of the scholarship boy?

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

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