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Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Rodriguez moves into graduate school, what does he realize about his education?
(a) He is the most educated person in his family.
(b) He is using it to hide from his life.
(c) His parents will never be proud of his accomplishments.
(d) He is afraid of failing in school.

2. 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 motivate him to try harder.
(b) He does not complain about the change because he is so glad to be well-educated.
(c) He used it as an excuse to not work very hard.
(d) He used it to explain to people what his life was like before he was educated.

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

4. When he graduates, where does Rodriguez live?
(a) With his parents.
(b) In his own apartment.
(c) With his girlfriend.
(d) With his brother.

5. Is Rodriguez's education affected by his religion? If so, how?
(a) Yes, because he spends his whole day praying and does not study.
(b) No, because his education is not a religious education.
(c) Yes, because he only studies religious material.
(d) Yes, because his education is scheduled around religious services.

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

7. What religion does Rodriguez's family practice?
(a) Catholicism.
(b) Buddhism.
(c) Judaism.
(d) Christianity.

8. What does his mother think about his reading?
(a) She is proud of him for reading so much.
(b) She hopes that he can teach her to read better.
(c) She wishes he would read less and go play sports.
(d) She does not understand it.

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

10. What two versions of his religion does Rodriguez say his parents had to choose between?
(a) The old-fashioned version and the modern version.
(b) The version that talks about sin and the version that talks about love.
(c) The gentle, happy version and the intense, frightening version.
(d) The Mexican version and the English-speaking version.

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

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

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

14. What does Rodriguez wonder about his parents and his education?
(a) If they can help him with his homework.
(b) If they think he is trying hard enough in class.
(c) If they think he should be studying a different subject.
(d) If they will understand the knowledge he gains.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why do Rodriguez's teachers visit his house?

3. How does Rodriguez explain his success to people?

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

5. What does Rodriguez say would be the disadvantage of bilingual education?

(see the answer keys)

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