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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's teacher tell him about reading and complicated ideas?
(a) He needs to read 2,000 books to have a complicated idea.
(b) People who do not read cannot have complicated ideas.
(c) He needs to read 5,000 books to have a complicated idea.
(d) Reading will teach him complicated ideas.

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

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

4. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?
(a) It was the best thing that ever happened to him.
(b) He is angry that they did not have programs for bilingual children when he went to school.
(c) It was the worst thing that ever happened to him.
(d) He has conflicting feelings.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do Rodriguez's parents respond when he wants to go to Stanford?

2. How does Rodriguez's mother react to his educational accomplishments?

3. Does Rodriguez think his religious education had the effect it was supposed to?

4. What does his mother think about his reading?

5. What is Rodriguez taught about marrying someone of a different religion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Rodriguez writing this book? Identify two reasons.

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Once Rodriguez starts to read, what happens?

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