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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 mean by "intimate utterance"?
(a) Some words are more intimate than others.
(b) It is easier to be intimate in Spanish than in English.
(c) Intimate words should not be spoken in public.
(d) Words take their meaning from the relationship between the speakers.

2. How do Rodriguez's parents respond when he wants to go to Stanford?
(a) They refuse to pay for his education.
(b) They are proud of him, but they worry about how expensive it will be for him to go away to school.
(c) They brag to everyone about their son, the Stanford student.
(d) They worry about him going so far away.

3. Where does Rodriguez believe English should be spoken?
(a) In the classroom.
(b) In public.
(c) Everywhere.
(d) In private, with family or close friends.

4. As Rodriguez moves into college and graduate school, how does his relationship with his parents change?
(a) They argue a lot.
(b) They have even less to say to each other.
(c) They start talking again.
(d) They ask him a lot more questions about his studies.

5. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?
(a) Better grades.
(b) More friends.
(c) A place in public society.
(d) A chance to go to college.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez's father react to his educational accomplishments?

2. What two versions of his religion does Rodriguez say his parents had to choose between?

3. How does mass help his family?

4. As he finishes his education, does Rodriguez think his parents still love him? How do you know?

5. How does a newspaper affect Rodriguez's reading habits?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. Why does Rodriguez say he spent so many years in the classroom?

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

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

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

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