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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. Why do Rodriguez's teachers visit his house?
(a) To meet his parents.
(b) To ask the family to practice speaking English.
(c) To ask his parents to volunteer at the school.
(d) To talk about his bad behavior.

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

3. What is Rodriguez taught about marrying someone of a different religion?
(a) It is all right if both families approve of it.
(b) It is difficult to make it work.
(c) It is a good idea.
(d) It is a sin.

4. What does Rodriguez wonder about his parents and his education?
(a) If they will understand the knowledge he gains.
(b) If they can help him with his homework.
(c) If they think he should be studying a different subject.
(d) If they think he is trying hard enough in class.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Rodriguez start school?

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

3. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?

4. How does Rodriguez describe himself now?

5. Why does Rodriguez say he is writing this book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Rodriguez family tease Richard? What do they call him?

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

3. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

4. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

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

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

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

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

9. Does Rodriguez's family have the same level of education he does?

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

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