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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 does Rodriguez see as the value of a book?
(a) Its characters.
(b) Its theme.
(c) Its vocabulary and use of language.
(d) Its plot or storyline.

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

3. How does a newspaper affect Rodriguez's reading habits?
(a) He decides to read all the book on the bestseller list.
(b) An article explains why reading books can help you do well on tests, so he reads even more books.
(c) He decides to read the newspaper instead of books.
(d) An article describes 100 important books and he decides to read all of them.

4. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a child?
(a) Spoiled and bratty.
(b) A wild troublemaker.
(c) Comfortable with English- and Spanish-speaking people.
(d) Socially disadvantaged.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Rodriguez start to believe about intimate conversations?

3. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?

4. Why is the picture of Christ with a punctured heart important?

5. Rodriguez describes events that happened how many years ago?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As more minority students attend college, what does Rodriguez notice about their relationship to their culture? Give specific examples.

3. How would Rodriguez change affirmative action? What examples does he offer to support his suggestion?

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

5. Why does Rodriguez write his mother a letter?

6. What does Rodriguez think about the current system of affirmative action? Give two examples he uses to support his argument.

7. Rodriguez looks at the students of the 1960s and 1970s from a teacher's perspective. What does he see as the difference between them?

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

9. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

10. What does Rodriguez think about the Civil Rights Movement?

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