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

2. 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 motivate him to try harder.
(b) He does not complain about the change because he is so glad to be well-educated.
(c) He used it to explain to people what his life was like before he was educated.
(d) He used it as an excuse to not work very hard.

3. What is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?
(a) Do not read it at all.
(b) Read it every day.
(c) Read it in the classroom with someone to guide him.
(d) Read it at mass on Sunday.

4. What does Rodriguez call the English-speaking people his family interacts with?
(a) Otros.
(b) Non-Mexicans.
(c) Foreigners.
(d) Gringos.

5. What religious figure was very important in his parents' old church, but becomes less important in the new church?
(a) Jesus.
(b) The priest.
(c) The Virgin Mary.
(d) St. Peter.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez see the scholarship boy?

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

3. How does Rodriguez describe himself now?

4. What does Rodriguez say would be the benefit of bilingual education?

5. As Rodriguez learns more English, what does he do about his parents' English skills?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Rodriguez respond when people ask him how he was successful in school? Is his answer completely honest? Why or why not?

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

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

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

8. How does Rodriguez view his parents' use of English?

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

10. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

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