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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. As he finishes his education, does Rodriguez think his parents still love him? How do you know?
(a) Yes, because they try to talk to him.
(b) Yes, because there are intimate gestures even though they do not talk much.
(c) Yes, because they throw him a graduation party.
(d) No, because they do not talk to him.

2. Does Rodriguez believe that not speaking English well has consequences for his parents?
(a) Yes, he thinks they got cheated out of money because of it.
(b) No, because they always stayed in places where the other people spoke Spanish, too.
(c) No, he says they did all right in spite of the language problems.
(d) Yes, because they could not talk to the doctor if they were sick.

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

4. What does Rodriguez say about bilingual education and the language of "separateness"?
(a) Bilingual students feel separated from their education in an English-only classroom.
(b) Other languages reinforce the idea that the students are separate from the larger society.
(c) Students will learn better if they feel they are separate from English-speaking students.
(d) Bilingual education should reinforce the separation of the two languages.

5. What does Rodriguez's teacher tell him about reading and complicated ideas?
(a) People who do not read cannot have complicated ideas.
(b) He needs to read 2,000 books to have a complicated idea.
(c) Reading will teach him complicated ideas.
(d) He needs to read 5,000 books to have a complicated idea.

Short Answer Questions

1. Did Rodriguez's parents get the same amount of education that he did?

2. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?

3. As Rodriguez and his siblings learn more English, what happens to their family?

4. How does Rodriguez describe his life as a child?

5. Where does Rodriguez believe English should be spoken?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rodriguez discover about language and intimacy? What family member helps him to figure that out?

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

3. How does Rodriguez describe each language (Spanish and English) differently?

4. What do other people think of the "scholarship boy"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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