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

Short Answer Questions

1. Did Rodriguez's brother and sister tell him what to expect at school?

2. As a child, how does Rodriguez feel about speaking English?

3. What religion does Rodriguez's family practice?

4. What does his mother think about his reading?

5. How is the "scholarship boy" described?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rodriguez say about how bilingual education affects the intersection of public and private languages?

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

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

4. What is special or different about the school Rodriguez attends? How does that affect him later in life?

5. 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?

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

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

8. What does Rodriguez describe as the differences between Mexican Catholicism and English Catholicism? Identify two characteristics of each.

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

10. Once Rodriguez starts to read, what happens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez's attitude about complexion was affected by the "Black is Beautiful" movement. This movement preached that people should accept themselves for who they are rather than trying to match a specific idealized image. At that time, the idealized image was inevitably the image of a white person, which made it difficult for non-whites to see themselves as beautiful.

Part One: What was Rodriguez's attitude about his complexion as a child? What did the people around him say about his complexion?

Part Two: Besides the "Black is Beautiful" movement, what other things changed Rodriguez's attitude about his complexion? How did his attitude change? What do the people around him say about his skin color now that he is an adult?

Essay Topic 2

Rodriguez repeatedly describes his experience of moving from a small, sheltered, or narrow world to a larger, less protected, more broad-minded world as he grows up. As he grows up, his views change on:

1) Skin color

2) Religion

3) The importance of language as a way to develop intimacy

4) Books

Choose at least two of those. Identify what Rodriguez's original opinion or idea was, what he later starts to believe, and what events in his life led him to change his perspective.

Essay Topic 3

Part One: Compare and contrast the two religions - Mexican Catholicism and English-speaking Catholicism - that Rodriguez experiences as a child.

Part Two: Which one had a more profound effect on him as he grew up?

Part Three: Does his "New Catholicism" look more like Mexican Catholicism, English-speaking Catholicism, or an equal blend of the two?

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