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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What did Rodriguez learn about other religions beside his own?
(a) They are "wrong" and his religion is "right."
(b) There are lots of good religions in the world.
(c) Everybody needs to choose their own religion.
(d) Other religions are similar to his own religion.

3. 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) Can I have your autograph?
(d) Did you benefit from affirmative action?

4. How does Rodriguez see the scholarship boy?
(a) As the teacher's puppet.
(b) As the future of the country.
(c) As the teacher's pet.
(d) As someone who is doomed to fail.

5. 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 embarrassed because he thinks everyone should speak English.
(c) Rodriguez is pleased to know that Spanish is still being spoken in people's homes.
(d) Rodriguez is sad because it reminds him of the closeness his family lost.

6. Once Rodriguez takes the reading class, how does he feel about reading and books?
(a) He thinks it is boring.
(b) He loves it and wants to read all the books he can find.
(c) He thinks reading is hard, but books are interesting.
(d) He feels that reading is important, and his parents should read more.

7. What does Rodriguez do in Aria, Chapter 2, that gives him the confidence to speak up in class?
(a) Practicing English with his family.
(b) Getting extra help from the teacher.
(c) Learning English from listening to the radio.
(d) Studying with a classmate.

8. What does Rodriguez call the English-speaking people his family interacts with?
(a) Foreigners.
(b) Non-Mexicans.
(c) Gringos.
(d) Otros.

9. 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 think he is the teacher's pet.
(d) They are proud of his efforts.

10. How does Rodriguez's father change as the family starts to speak English more?
(a) He grows quieter because he is uncomfortable with English.
(b) He complains about using English.
(c) He takes classes to learn English.
(d) He gets upset and insists that they speak to him in Spanish.

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

12. How does Rodriguez get involved in his church?
(a) He studies to become a priest.
(b) He reads the Bible aloud in church.
(c) He goes to mass every week.
(d) He becomes an altar boy.

13. 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 mispronounce it.
(c) They pronounce it differently than his Spanish-speaking family.
(d) They say his name just like everyone else's name.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

2. How does Rodriguez describe the sound of English?

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

4. What religion does Rodriguez's family practice?

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

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