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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Yes, because his education is scheduled around religious services.
(c) No, because his education is not a religious education.
(d) Yes, because he only studies religious material.

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

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

5. What does Rodriguez realize about language and intimacy?
(a) That he can express himself better in English than in Spanish.
(b) That intimacy is about the relationship between the people, not about what language they speak.
(c) That language is how a person maintains their intimacy with other people.
(d) That Spanish is always a more intimate language that English.

6. When Rodriguez hears about religious practices that are different from his own, what does he think of them?
(a) He is shocked and thinks they are wrong.
(b) He is curious about them.
(c) He sees how similar they are to his own practices.
(d) He likes them better than his own practices.

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

8. Did Rodriguez's brother and sister tell him what to expect at school?
(a) They told him to be good and listen to the teacher.
(b) No, he was the first one in his family to go to school.
(c) No, they never talked about it.
(d) They told him he would have fun.

9. What is Rodriguez taught about marrying someone of a different religion?
(a) It is all right if both families approve of it.
(b) It is difficult to make it work.
(c) It is a good idea.
(d) It is a sin.

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

11. Who does Rodriguez say surrounds him now?
(a) Politicians and lawmakers.
(b) Rich people.
(c) The children he teaches.
(d) Spanish-speaking immigrants.

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

13. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?
(a) A place in public society.
(b) More friends.
(c) A chance to go to college.
(d) Better grades.

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

15. How does Rodriguez's mother change as the family starts to speak English more?
(a) She learns more English and works hard to talk to her children.
(b) She gets upset and insists that they speak to her in Spanish.
(c) She helps her children learn more English.
(d) She complains about using English.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?

2. How does Rodriguez feel about learning English?

3. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

4. What does Rodriguez call the English-speaking people his family interacts with?

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

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