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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In The Achievement of Desire, Chapter 4, how does Rodriguez describe his relationship with his parents?
(a) They are "the old way and the new way."
(b) They are "warm but uncomfortable."
(c) They are "strangers and relatives."
(d) They are "culturally separated."

2. As a young child, how does Rodriguez feel about books?
(a) He is excited to learn to read.
(b) He is not really interested in them.
(c) He thinks they are boring.
(d) He is afraid of them.

3. How does Rodriguez describe his life as a child?
(a) Boring.
(b) Sheltered.
(c) Fun.
(d) Frightening.

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

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

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

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

8. As he finishes his education, does Rodriguez think his parents still love him? How do you know?
(a) No, because they do not talk to him.
(b) Yes, because they throw him a graduation party.
(c) Yes, because they try to talk to him.
(d) Yes, because there are intimate gestures even though they do not talk much.

9. What religious figure was very important in his parents' old church, but becomes less important in the new church?
(a) Jesus.
(b) The priest.
(c) St. Peter.
(d) The Virgin Mary.

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

11. 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 worry about him going so far away.
(c) They refuse to pay for his education.
(d) They are proud of him, but they worry about how expensive it will be for him to go away to school.

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

13. What does religion do for his parents?
(a) It encourages them to think about the meaning of their lives.
(b) It helps them stay connected to the community.
(c) It gives them strength to get through the day.
(d) It helps them not worry about the future.

14. 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) How did you manage your success?
(b) Are your brothers and sisters as smart as you are?
(c) Did you benefit from affirmative action?
(d) Can I have your autograph?

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Once the family has shifted to speaking English, how does Rodriguez feel when he hears families speaking Spanish?

2. How does the scholarship boy use education?

3. In Aria, Chapter 3, why does Rodriguez's family tease him?

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

5. As Rodriguez and his siblings learn more English, what happens to their family?

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