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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. Did Rodriguez's parents get the same amount of education that he did?
(a) No, and they did not want him to go to school so much, either.
(b) Yes, but they went to school in Mexico so they do not speak English very well.
(c) No.
(d) Yes.

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

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

4. What does Rodriguez start to believe about intimate conversations?
(a) Intimate conversations are hard to have in the "public" language.
(b) He will never be able to have them with his family because of the language barrier.
(c) He can have them with his family in spite of the language barrier.
(d) He can no longer have an intimate conversation in Spanish.

5. What does Rodriguez's family seem to think about Spanish and English?
(a) Spanish and English are equally good languages.
(b) Richard should learn to speak only in English to be more successful.
(c) Richard should speak only Spanish.
(d) Richard needs to remember his Spanish, even if that hurts his education.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How does mass help his family?

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

5. How does Rodriguez feel about his religious education?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"? In spite of his secretive behavior, what does Rodriguez believe she knows?

3. How does the parents' desire for a good education end up hurting their family?

4. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. How does Rodriguez feel about writing? How does he feel about writing about his family? How has he handled it in the past? How is he handling it now?

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

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