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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rodriguez say would be the benefit of bilingual education?
(a) He could understand the homework assignments better.
(b) He could ask the teacher questions more easily.
(c) He would feel more comfortable in the classroom.
(d) He would get better grades.

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

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

4. What does Rodriguez learn about sin?
(a) Sins are good, and he should try to have more of them.
(b) Sins are not a big deal, and he should not worry about them.
(c) Sins are things that non-religious people do.
(d) Sins are bad, and he should confess them to the priest.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does mass help his family?

2. Did Rodriguez's parents get the same amount of education that he did?

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

4. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?

5. What does Rodriguez see as the value of a book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rodriguez suggest education does to the scholarship boy? Why does he say that?

2. Why does the Rodriguez family tease Richard? What do they call him?

3. Why does Rodriguez talk about how the rich people pronounce his name?

4. What conflicting messages does Rodriguez's father give him about getting an education?

5. Rodriguez finds a description in THE USES OF LITERACY that reminds him of himself. What is that description?

6. What does Rodriguez say about how bilingual education affects the intersection of public and private languages?

7. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?

8. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

9. How does Rodriguez describe each language (Spanish and English) differently?

10. Beyond the simple accomplishment of learning another language, what importance does Rodriguez place on learning English?

(see the answer keys)

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