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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. When he graduates, where does Rodriguez live?
(a) With his brother.
(b) With his parents.
(c) In his own apartment.
(d) With his girlfriend.

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

3. As Rodriguez moves into college and graduate school, how does his relationship with his parents change?
(a) They ask him a lot more questions about his studies.
(b) They start talking again.
(c) They have even less to say to each other.
(d) They argue a lot.

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

5. Where does Rodriguez believe Spanish should be spoken?
(a) In private, with family or close friends.
(b) Everywhere.
(c) In public.
(d) In the classroom.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Rodriguez say he is writing this book?

3. Where does Rodriguez believe English should be spoken?

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

5. How does Rodriguez feel about his parents' English skills?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Rodriguez identify as the pros and cons of bilingual education?

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

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

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

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

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

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