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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 Rodriguez hears about religious practices that are different from his own, what does he think of them?
(a) He sees how similar they are to his own practices.
(b) He is curious about them.
(c) He is shocked and thinks they are wrong.
(d) He likes them better than his own practices.

2. When Rodriguez's mother becomes more fluent in English, she convinces her husband to buy _________. (fill in the blank)
(a) A new car.
(b) A telephone.
(c) A television.
(d) A house.

3. According to Rodriguez, what is wrong with speaking a private language in public?
(a) Most people will not understand what is being said.
(b) It prevents people from learning the public language.
(c) It is embarrassing.
(d) It will eventually stop being a private language.

4. Why is the picture of Christ with a punctured heart important?
(a) It frightens Richard and gives him nightmares.
(b) It is the first gift his family gets from a priest.
(c) It symbolizes everything his family believes about God.
(d) It symbolizes the intersection of church, school, and home.

5. How does Rodriguez describe his life as a child?
(a) Frightening.
(b) Fun.
(c) Sheltered.
(d) Boring.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez start to notice about English?

2. What do fellow students think of the scholarship boy?

3. How do Rodriguez's parents respond when he wants to go to Stanford?

4. What does Rodriguez say about bilingual education and the language of "separateness"?

5. As Rodriguez learns more English, what does he do about his parents' English skills?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

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

3. 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?

4. Is Rodriguez prepared for his first day of school? Why or why not?

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

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

7. What does Rodriguez identify as the symbol of how these two versions of Catholicism intersect in his life?

8. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

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

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

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