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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 start to notice about English?
(a) Words he understands now that he did not understand before.
(b) Sounds and tones he previously ignored.
(c) How much English helps him do better in school.
(d) How much easier it is to say things in English than in Spanish.

2. Is Rodriguez's education affected by his religion? If so, how?
(a) Yes, because his education is scheduled around religious services.
(b) Yes, because he only studies religious material.
(c) Yes, because he spends his whole day praying and does not study.
(d) No, because his education is not a religious education.

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

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

5. What does Rodriguez say education does to the scholarship boy?
(a) It teaches him to be less unique and more like other people.
(b) It teaches him to look down on people who are not educated.
(c) It teaches him to fight for justice.
(d) It teaches him to stand up for himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. When he graduates, where does Rodriguez live?

2. In Aria, Chapter 3, why does Rodriguez's family tease him?

3. Why do Rodriguez's teachers visit his house?

4. How does Rodriguez explain his success to people?

5. What does Rodriguez call the English-speaking people his family interacts with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

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