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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. How does mass help his family?
(a) They all participate in the mass together.
(b) They all go out to eat afterwards and have a good time.
(c) They go to mass together, even as they are growing more distant.
(d) They pray for family closeness.

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

3. Why does Rodriguez say he is writing this book?
(a) To complain about the bad schools he attended.
(b) To encourage other people to get a good education.
(c) To explain how hard school is for children who do not speak English.
(d) To study how he became the person he is today.

4. In The Achievement of Desire, Chapter 4, what is Rodriguez afraid to admit?
(a) He does not like his family very much.
(b) He still does not like reading very much.
(c) He will have to leave school soon.
(d) He longs for his own past.

5. As a young child, how does Rodriguez feel about books?
(a) He is afraid of them.
(b) He is excited to learn to read.
(c) He is not really interested in them.
(d) He thinks they are boring.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Rodriguez hears about religious practices that are different from his own, what does he think of them?

2. What was Rodriguez like as a student?

3. How does Rodriguez feel about his family background?

4. As Rodriguez moves into college and graduate school, how does his relationship with his parents change?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Once Rodriguez starts to read, what happens?

3. Is Rodriguez prepared for his first day of school? Why or why not?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Rodriguez identify as the symbol of how these two versions of Catholicism intersect in his life?

10. Why is Rodriguez writing this book? Identify two reasons.

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