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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) Otros.
(b) Foreigners.
(c) Gringos.
(d) Non-Mexicans.

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

3. Does Rodriguez believe that not speaking English well has consequences for his parents?
(a) No, because they always stayed in places where the other people spoke Spanish, too.
(b) Yes, because they could not talk to the doctor if they were sick.
(c) No, he says they did all right in spite of the language problems.
(d) Yes, he thinks they got cheated out of money because of it.

4. Why do Rodriguez's teachers visit his house?
(a) To talk about his bad behavior.
(b) To ask his parents to volunteer at the school.
(c) To meet his parents.
(d) To ask the family to practice speaking English.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As Rodriguez moves into graduate school, what does he realize about his education?

2. Does Rodriguez think his religious education had the effect it was supposed to?

3. In The Achievement of Desire, Chapter 4, how does Rodriguez describe his relationship with his parents?

4. As he finishes his education, does Rodriguez think his parents still love him? How do you know?

5. In Aria, Chapter 3, why does Rodriguez's family tease him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is special or different about the school Rodriguez attends? How does that affect him later in life?

2. How does the parents' desire for a good education end up hurting their family?

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

4. 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?

5. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

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

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

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

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

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

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