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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. How does Rodriguez describe the sound of English?
(a) Awkward and confusing.
(b) Loud and confident.
(c) Flat and boring.
(d) Weak and quiet.

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

4. What does Rodriguez start to believe about intimate conversations?
(a) He can have them with his family in spite of the language barrier.
(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 no longer have an intimate conversation in Spanish.

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

6. When Rodriguez's mother becomes more fluent in English, she convinces her husband to buy _________. (fill in the blank)
(a) A television.
(b) A new car.
(c) A telephone.
(d) A house.

7. What does Rodriguez wonder about his parents and his education?
(a) If they think he should be studying a different subject.
(b) If they can help him with his homework.
(c) If they will understand the knowledge he gains.
(d) If they think he is trying hard enough in class.

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

9. 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?
(a) He used it to explain to people what his life was like before he was educated.
(b) He does not complain about the change because he is so glad to be well-educated.
(c) He used it as an excuse to not work very hard.
(d) He used it to motivate him to try harder.

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

11. Who does Rodriguez say surrounds him now?
(a) Spanish-speaking immigrants.
(b) Rich people.
(c) Politicians and lawmakers.
(d) The children he teaches.

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

13. How does Rodriguez think the church treats his parents?
(a) It makes a fuss over them.
(b) It insults them.
(c) It respects them as people.
(d) It does not pay attention to them.

14. How does Rodriguez get involved in his church?
(a) He reads the Bible aloud in church.
(b) He studies to become a priest.
(c) He becomes an altar boy.
(d) He goes to mass every week.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As a young child, how does Rodriguez feel about books?

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

3. As Rodriguez learns more English, what does he do about his parents' English skills?

4. How does the scholarship boy use education?

5. What does his mother think about his reading?

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