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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Rodriguez say about how the people around him now say his name?
(a) They say it as if they are impressed to know him.
(b) They say his name just like everyone else's name.
(c) They mispronounce it.
(d) They pronounce it differently than his Spanish-speaking family.

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

8. How does Rodriguez feel about his parents' English skills?
(a) He is troubled by their poor English skills.
(b) He thinks they do all right speaking a mix of Spanish and English.
(c) He is afraid they will get in trouble because they do not speak English properly.
(d) He wishes his mom would do all the talking.

9. Why do Rodriguez's teachers visit his house?
(a) To meet his parents.
(b) To ask the family to practice speaking English.
(c) To talk about his bad behavior.
(d) To ask his parents to volunteer at the school.

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

11. What do fellow students think of the scholarship boy?
(a) They think he is the teacher's pet.
(b) They are proud of his efforts.
(c) They think he works too hard.
(d) They think he needs to work harder.

12. When does Rodriguez begin to question his religion?
(a) When he starts to read more books.
(b) After he graduates from school.
(c) When they tell him not to ask questions about religion.
(d) When he is in college.

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

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

15. How does the family's use of the word "gringo" change as the children learn more English?
(a) They stop saying it because they no longer use Spanish words.
(b) They use it to compliment each other on how well they speak English.
(c) It starts to mean "a non-Hispanic American" as opposed to the "other" or "outsider" that it used to imply.
(d) The children do not like their parents to use that word any more.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the "scholarship boy" described?

2. Where does Rodriguez find the description of the "scholarship boy"?

3. How does Rodriguez's mother react to his educational accomplishments?

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

5. What does Rodriguez say education does to the scholarship boy?

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