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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 would get better grades.
(c) He would feel more comfortable in the classroom.
(d) He could ask the teacher questions more easily.

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

3. 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 a sin.
(c) It is difficult to make it work.
(d) It is a good idea.

4. What does Rodriguez say about how the people around him now say his name?
(a) They pronounce it differently than his Spanish-speaking family.
(b) They say his name just like everyone else's name.
(c) They say it as if they are impressed to know him.
(d) They mispronounce it.

5. How does Rodriguez describe himself now?
(a) A famous author.
(b) An education expert.
(c) A Latino activist.
(d) A middle-class American.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two versions of his religion does Rodriguez say his parents had to choose between?

2. How does Rodriguez explain his success to people?

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

4. How does Rodriguez get involved in his church?

5. How does Rodriguez's education affect his relationship with his parents?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

3. What is Rodriguez's initial attitude about reading? What happens to him because of that attitude? What do his parents think about reading?

4. How does Rodriguez feel as his education comes to an end?

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

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

7. How does Rodriguez respond when people ask him how he was successful in school? Is his answer completely honest? Why or why not?

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

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

10. How does Rodriguez view his parents' use of English?

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