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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 see as the value of a book?
(a) Its characters.
(b) Its plot or storyline.
(c) Its vocabulary and use of language.
(d) Its theme.

2. Where does Rodriguez start school?
(a) In Sacramento, California.
(b) In New York City.
(c) In St. Paul, Minnesota.
(d) In Miami, Florida.

3. How does Rodriguez describe the sound of English?
(a) Loud and confident.
(b) Awkward and confusing.
(c) Weak and quiet.
(d) Flat and boring.

4. Rodriguez has acknowledged that his relationship with his family changed as he became more educated. What does he say about how that affected his success?
(a) He used it to explain to people what his life was like before he was educated.
(b) He used it as an excuse to not work very hard.
(c) He does not complain about the change because he is so glad to be well-educated.
(d) He used it to motivate him to try harder.

5. What was Rodriguez like as a student?
(a) A bookworm who admired his teachers.
(b) A troublemaker who was bored in class.
(c) The kind of student to whom everything came easily.
(d) A slow learner who worked very hard.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Rodriguez reaches the end of his education, what does he have to confront?

2. Where does Rodriguez find the description of the "scholarship boy"?

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

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

5. What does Rodriguez start to notice about English?

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. What does Rodriguez identify as the pros and cons of bilingual education?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Rodriguez say about how bilingual education affects the intersection of public and private languages?

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

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

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

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