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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does his mother think about his reading?



2. What is Rodriguez's initial response to bilingual education?



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



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



5. How does Rodriguez feel about learning English?



Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"? How does he feel about it? Give specific reasons why he feels that way.



2. How do people respond to Rodriguez's skin color when he is younger?



3. Why does Rodriguez write his mother a letter?



4. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?



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



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



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



8. How do Rodriguez's ideas about dark skin change as he grows up? Give specific examples.



9. What conversation does Rodriguez have with a colleague about teaching positions? What decision does Rodriguez make as a result of that conversation?



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



Essay Topics

Part One: What does Rodriguez argue about bilingual education? Explain his argument thoroughly and give specific examples that he uses to support his argument.

Part Two: Do you agree with Rodriguez's arguments? Why or why not? Provide your own examples to support your argument.

Rodriguez says that writing is difficult and writing about his family is very difficult. When he is younger, he makes up elaborate lies about his family. As an adult, he chooses to write this book about his family, which is intended to be a realistic portrayal of his relationship with them.

Part One: If writing is difficult and he does it anyway, what does that tell you about what he has to say?

Part Two: Why is writing about his family more difficult than other types of writing? Why did he lie about his family when he was younger? Is he telling the truth about them now? Why or why not?

Rodriguez describes a period in his life when he has very low self-esteem.

Part One: Why does he have low self-esteem? What parts of himself does he feel badly about?

Part Two: What happens in his life that makes him feel worse about those things?

Part Three: What happens in his life that makes him feel better about those things? Where does he go or who does he talk to?

Part Four: In your opinion, how much of Rodriguez's low self-esteem is just typical adolescent worrying about self-image? How much of it is a result of his specific situation and the people around him?

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