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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Rodriguez feel about learning English?
(a) Bored, because he does not really want to learn it.
(b) Proud, because it is a hard language to learn.
(c) Frustrated, because he does not learn it very well.
(d) Guilty, because he feels like he has damaged his family's close relationship.

4. 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.

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

6. How does Rodriguez feel when he observes the group of black teenagers on the bus?
(a) He is scared because they look tough.
(b) He wishes he could be their friend.
(c) He is irritated because they are noisy.
(d) He envies their close bond.

7. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?
(a) More friends.
(b) Better grades.
(c) A place in public society.
(d) A chance to go to college.

8. How is the "scholarship boy" described?
(a) A good student who is guaranteed to succeed.
(b) A good son who wants to please his parents.
(c) A good son but a troubled student.
(d) A good student but a troubled son.

9. What does Rodriguez mean by "intimate utterance"?
(a) It is easier to be intimate in Spanish than in English.
(b) Some words are more intimate than others.
(c) Intimate words should not be spoken in public.
(d) Words take their meaning from the relationship between the speakers.

10. Does Rodriguez think his religious education had the effect it was supposed to?
(a) No, because the schools were supposed to give him a broader view.
(b) Yes, because he gets a good education.
(c) Yes, because it kept him involved with the religion.
(d) No, because he eventually stops practicing the religion.

11. What does Rodriguez say about bilingual education and the language of "separateness"?
(a) Students will learn better if they feel they are separate from English-speaking students.
(b) Bilingual students feel separated from their education in an English-only classroom.
(c) Other languages reinforce the idea that the students are separate from the larger society.
(d) Bilingual education should reinforce the separation of the two languages.

12. How does Rodriguez feel about his family background?
(a) He is proud of it.
(b) He is embarrassed by it.
(c) He does not think about it too much.
(d) He wants to know more about it.

13. Where does Rodriguez start school?
(a) In New York City.
(b) In Sacramento, California.
(c) In St. Paul, Minnesota.
(d) In Miami, Florida.

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

15. How does Rodriguez explain his success to people?
(a) He went to a good school and had supportive parents.
(b) He worked very hard.
(c) He had good teachers.
(d) He was just very lucky.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the picture of Christ with a punctured heart important?

2. When does Rodriguez begin to question his religion?

3. When he graduates, where does Rodriguez live?

4. How does Rodriguez get involved in his church?

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

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