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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 two versions of his religion does Rodriguez say his parents had to choose between?
(a) The old-fashioned version and the modern version.
(b) The Mexican version and the English-speaking version.
(c) The version that talks about sin and the version that talks about love.
(d) The gentle, happy version and the intense, frightening version.

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

3. What does religion do for his parents?
(a) It encourages them to think about the meaning of their lives.
(b) It gives them strength to get through the day.
(c) It helps them stay connected to the community.
(d) It helps them not worry about the future.

4. What do teachers think of the scholarship boy?
(a) They think he is the teacher's pet.
(b) They think he needs to work harder.
(c) They think he works too hard.
(d) They are proud of his efforts.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As Rodriguez moves into graduate school, what does he realize about his education?

2. How does Rodriguez think the church treats his parents?

3. As Rodriguez reaches the end of his education, what does he have to confront?

4. What does Rodriguez learn about sin?

5. What is Rodriguez told when he asks questions about the church?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Rodriguez is trained in Catholic ideas and rituals at a young age. What does this do to his understanding of other religious beliefs and practices?

3. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

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

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

6. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?

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

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

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

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

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