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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 proud that he learns to speak English well.
(d) He is eager to learn to speak English.

2. How well can Rodriguez speak English when he starts school?
(a) He does not speak English at all.
(b) He speaks English pretty well.
(c) He is fluent in English and Spanish.
(d) His English is very limited.

3. As Rodriguez moves into college and graduate school, how does his relationship with his parents change?
(a) They start talking again.
(b) They argue a lot.
(c) They ask him a lot more questions about his studies.
(d) They have even less to say to each other.

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

5. How does Rodriguez's father react to his educational accomplishments?
(a) He throws away Richard's diploma.
(b) He says college is a waste of time.
(c) He does not care if Richard does well in school.
(d) He teases him, but is still proud of him.

6. 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 old-fashioned version and the modern version.
(c) The version that talks about sin and the version that talks about love.
(d) The Mexican version and the English-speaking version.

7. Once the family has shifted to speaking English, how does Rodriguez feel when he hears families speaking Spanish?
(a) Rodriguez is sad because it reminds him of the closeness his family lost.
(b) Rodriguez is pleased to know that Spanish is still being spoken in people's homes.
(c) Rodriguez is embarrassed because he thinks everyone should speak English.
(d) Rodriguez is frustrated because he thinks those families are making it harder for their children to learn English.

8. According to Rodriguez, what is wrong with speaking a private language in public?
(a) It prevents people from learning the public language.
(b) It will eventually stop being a private language.
(c) It is embarrassing.
(d) Most people will not understand what is being said.

9. 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.

10. How does Rodriguez describe himself now?
(a) A middle-class American.
(b) An education expert.
(c) A Latino activist.
(d) A famous author.

11. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?
(a) It was the worst thing that ever happened to him.
(b) He has conflicting feelings.
(c) He is angry that they did not have programs for bilingual children when he went to school.
(d) It was the best thing that ever happened to him.

12. 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) Reading will teach him complicated ideas.
(c) People who do not read cannot have complicated ideas.
(d) He needs to read 2,000 books to have a complicated idea.

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

14. Is Rodriguez's education affected by his religion? If so, how?
(a) No, because his education is not a religious education.
(b) Yes, because he spends his whole day praying and does not study.
(c) Yes, because he only studies religious material.
(d) Yes, because his education is scheduled around religious services.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez start to believe about intimate conversations?

2. As Rodriguez reaches the end of his education, what does he have to confront?

3. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?

4. In The Achievement of Desire, Chapter 4, what is Rodriguez afraid to admit?

5. How does Rodriguez explain his success to people?

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