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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. In Aria, Chapter 3, why does Rodriguez's family tease him?
(a) Because he reads too many books.
(b) Because he is bad at sports.
(c) Because he cannot speak Spanish very well.
(d) Because they think he is ugly.

2. Where do Rodriguez's parents speak Spanish and where do they speak English?
(a) English at home, Spanish in public.
(b) English everywhere.
(c) Spanish everywhere.
(d) Spanish at home, English in public.

3. Where does Rodriguez find the description of the "scholarship boy"?
(a) In a book about psychology.
(b) In a book about literacy.
(c) In a magazine article about the modern education system.
(d) In a magazine article about literacy.

4. How does Rodriguez feel about his religious education?
(a) It changed his life.
(b) It helped him become successful.
(c) It kept him closer to his parents.
(d) It isolated him.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Once Rodriguez takes the reading class, how does he feel about reading and books?

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

3. Rodriguez describes events that happened how many years ago?

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

5. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What conflicting messages does Rodriguez's father give him about getting an education?

4. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

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

6. What is Rodriguez's initial attitude about reading? What happens to him because of that attitude? What do his parents think about reading?

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

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

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

10. What does Rodriguez suggest education does to the scholarship boy? Why does he say that?

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