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

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

3. As a child, how does Rodriguez feel about speaking English?
(a) He is eager to learn to speak English.
(b) He is proud that he learns to speak English well.
(c) He thinks it is a waste of time.
(d) He is afraid of it.

4. What was Rodriguez like as a student?
(a) The kind of student to whom everything came easily.
(b) A bookworm who admired his teachers.
(c) A troublemaker who was bored in class.
(d) A slow learner who worked very hard.

5. Where does Rodriguez find the description of the "scholarship boy"?
(a) In a magazine article about the modern education system.
(b) In a book about literacy.
(c) In a magazine article about literacy.
(d) In a book about psychology.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a child?

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

3. What did Rodriguez learn about other religions beside his own?

4. What does Rodriguez say would be the benefit of bilingual education?

5. What is Rodriguez's initial response to bilingual education?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 discover about language and intimacy? What family member helps him to figure that out?

9. What do other people think of the "scholarship boy"?

10. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

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