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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. How does Rodriguez feel about his parents' English skills?
(a) He is troubled by their poor English skills.
(b) He wishes his mom would do all the talking.
(c) He thinks they do all right speaking a mix of Spanish and English.
(d) He is afraid they will get in trouble because they do not speak English properly.

2. Why does Rodriguez say he is writing this book?
(a) To explain how hard school is for children who do not speak English.
(b) To study how he became the person he is today.
(c) To complain about the bad schools he attended.
(d) To encourage other people to get a good education.

3. How does Rodriguez get involved in his church?
(a) He reads the Bible aloud in church.
(b) He studies to become a priest.
(c) He goes to mass every week.
(d) He becomes an altar boy.

4. How does Rodriguez feel when he observes the group of black teenagers on the bus?
(a) He wishes he could be their friend.
(b) He envies their close bond.
(c) He is scared because they look tough.
(d) He is irritated because they are noisy.

5. How does Rodriguez's mother change as the family starts to speak English more?
(a) She learns more English and works hard to talk to her children.
(b) She gets upset and insists that they speak to her in Spanish.
(c) She complains about using English.
(d) She helps her children learn more English.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez see the scholarship boy?

2. Once the family has shifted to speaking English, how does Rodriguez feel when he hears families speaking Spanish?

3. What do fellow students think of the scholarship boy?

4. When Rodriguez hears about religious practices that are different from his own, what does he think of them?

5. Who does Rodriguez say surrounds him now?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rodriguez explain psychiatry to his mother? Does she understand? Why or why not? How does that discussion connect to his book and what he is willing to tell her about the book?

2. What does Rodriguez's mother tell him about writing about their family? What does his editor tell him?

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

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

5. How do Rodriguez's ideas about religion change as he grows up? How does his practice of religion change?

6. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"? In spite of his secretive behavior, what does Rodriguez believe she knows?

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

8. What does Rodriguez decide to do about a job?

9. As a child, what does Rodriguez learn about dark skin?

10. How does Rodriguez feel about white students' attitudes toward affirmative action?

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