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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 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.

2. When does Rodriguez begin to question his religion?
(a) When he is in college.
(b) When he starts to read more books.
(c) After he graduates from school.
(d) When they tell him not to ask questions about religion.

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

4. When Rodriguez hears about religious practices that are different from his own, what does he think of them?
(a) He likes them better than his own practices.
(b) He is curious about them.
(c) He sees how similar they are to his own practices.
(d) He is shocked and thinks they are wrong.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez say about bilingual education and the language of "separateness"?

2. In The Achievement of Desire, Prologue, Rodriguez says that now that he is successful, people always ask him a certain question. What is it?

3. How does Rodriguez think the church treats his parents?

4. What does Rodriguez mean by "intimate utterance"?

5. Where does Rodriguez believe English should be spoken?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Once Rodriguez starts to read, what happens?

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

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

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

6. What does Rodriguez identify as the pros and cons of bilingual education?

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

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

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

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

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