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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do Rodriguez's parents speak Spanish and where do they speak English?

2. How does the family's communication change as the children learn more English?

3. Where does Rodriguez find the description of the "scholarship boy"?

4. How does Rodriguez feel about learning English?

5. Once the family has shifted to speaking English, how does Rodriguez feel when he hears families speaking Spanish?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Catholic rituals become a part of Rodriguez's life? Which rituals does he describe?

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

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

4. How does learning to speak English change Rodriguez's mother? His father?

5. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

6. Once Rodriguez starts to read, what happens?

7. What does Rodriguez describe as the differences between Mexican Catholicism and English Catholicism? Identify two characteristics of each.

8. What does Rodriguez say about his experience of growing up Catholic?

9. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?

10. Rodriguez is trained in Catholic ideas and rituals at a young age. What does this do to his understanding of other religious beliefs and practices?

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