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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Rodriguez's mother react to his educational accomplishments?
(a) She does not care if he does well in school.
(b) She tries to help him with his homework.
(c) She is embarrassed because her smart son does not speak Spanish well.
(d) She asks questions and is pleased when he wins awards.

4. What does Rodriguez say would be the benefit of bilingual education?
(a) He would feel more comfortable in the classroom.
(b) He would get better grades.
(c) He could ask the teacher questions more easily.
(d) He could understand the homework assignments better.

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

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

7. Once the family has shifted to speaking English, how does Rodriguez feel when he hears families speaking Spanish?
(a) Rodriguez is frustrated because he thinks those families are making it harder for their children to learn English.
(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 sad because it reminds him of the closeness his family lost.

8. How do Rodriguez's parents respond when he wants to go to Stanford?
(a) They worry about him going so far away.
(b) They are proud of him, but they worry about how expensive it will be for him to go away to school.
(c) They refuse to pay for his education.
(d) They brag to everyone about their son, the Stanford student.

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

10. As Rodriguez and his siblings learn more English, what happens to their family?
(a) The children start disobeying their parents.
(b) The family loses some of its closeness.
(c) The parents depend on the children to do the talking in public.
(d) The family grows closer together.

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

12. What does Rodriguez see as the value of a book?
(a) Its theme.
(b) Its characters.
(c) Its plot or storyline.
(d) Its vocabulary and use of language.

13. 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 to motivate him to try harder.
(d) He used it as an excuse to not work very hard.

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

15. What does Rodriguez say is the real reason for his success?
(a) Working very hard.
(b) Reading every book he could find.
(c) Remembering what his life was like before he was educated.
(d) Kissing up to the teacher.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do teachers think of the scholarship boy?

2. Who does Rodriguez say surrounds him now?

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

4. How does Rodriguez's father change as the family starts to speak English more?

5. Rodriguez describes events that happened how many years ago?

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