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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?
(a) Do not read it at all.
(b) Read it every day.
(c) Read it in the classroom with someone to guide him.
(d) Read it at mass on Sunday.

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

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

4. Why is the picture of Christ with a punctured heart important?
(a) It symbolizes everything his family believes about God.
(b) It frightens Richard and gives him nightmares.
(c) It symbolizes the intersection of church, school, and home.
(d) It is the first gift his family gets from a priest.

5. 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.

6. How does Rodriguez feel about his religious education?
(a) It helped him become successful.
(b) It kept him closer to his parents.
(c) It isolated him.
(d) It changed his life.

7. In Aria, Chapter 3, why does Rodriguez's family tease him?
(a) Because he reads too many books.
(b) Because he cannot speak Spanish very well.
(c) Because he is bad at sports.
(d) Because they think he is ugly.

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

9. How does Rodriguez's grandmother affect his ideas on language?
(a) Translating her stories shows him how things get lost in translation.
(b) She tells him Spanish is the best language.
(c) Her stubborn refusal to speak English shows him how people cling to old ideas.
(d) Translating her stories helps him realize that intimacy is not connected to one language.

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 it kept him involved with the religion.
(c) No, because he eventually stops practicing the religion.
(d) Yes, because he gets a good education.

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

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

13. 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 will eventually stop being a private language.
(c) It prevents people from learning the public language.
(d) It is embarrassing.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do teachers think of the scholarship boy?

2. How does a newspaper affect Rodriguez's reading habits?

3. What was Rodriguez like as a student?

4. When Rodriguez's mother becomes more fluent in English, she convinces her husband to buy _________. (fill in the blank)

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

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