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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 religious figure was very important in his parents' old church, but becomes less important in the new church?
(a) The Virgin Mary.
(b) Jesus.
(c) The priest.
(d) St. Peter.

2. Who does Rodriguez say surrounds him now?
(a) Politicians and lawmakers.
(b) Rich people.
(c) Spanish-speaking immigrants.
(d) The children he teaches.

3. How well can Rodriguez speak English when he starts school?
(a) His English is very limited.
(b) He speaks English pretty well.
(c) He is fluent in English and Spanish.
(d) He does not speak English at all.

4. How does the family's communication change as the children learn more English?
(a) They enjoy speaking Spanish together more.
(b) Their mother talks to them a lot, but their father never speaks to them.
(c) They talk less because it is hard for the parents to understand their children when they speak English.
(d) Their mother and father speak to them, but they no longer talk to their grandmother.

5. What does Rodriguez say education does to the scholarship boy?
(a) It teaches him to fight for justice.
(b) It teaches him to stand up for himself.
(c) It teaches him to look down on people who are not educated.
(d) It teaches him to be less unique and more like other people.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?

2. Rodriguez has acknowledged that his relationship with his family changed as he became more educated. What does he say about how that affected his success?

3. How does Rodriguez's grandmother affect his ideas on language?

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

5. Once Rodriguez takes the reading class, how does he feel about reading and books?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rodriguez say he spent so many years in the classroom?

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

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

4. Rodriguez's family continues to speak to him in Spanish. What does that suggest about what they think about the value of Spanish?

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

6. Why does Rodriguez talk about how the rich people pronounce his name?

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

8. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?

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

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

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