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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. How does Rodriguez feel about his religious education?

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

3. According to Rodriguez, what is wrong with speaking a private language in public?

4. Rodriguez has acknowledged that his relationship with his family changed as he became more educated. What does he say about how that affected his success?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rodriguez say he spent so many years in the classroom?

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

3. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

4. Once Rodriguez starts to read, what happens?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Part One: Compare and contrast Rodriguez's childhood view of religion and his adult view of religion.

Part Two: Rodriguez acknowledges that the church itself changed some of its practices as he grew up. What effect did that have on his decision to stay Catholic? Did it encourage him to re-evaluate his religious beliefs and practices?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Rodriguez claims that it is his education that made him successful. That is the reason he is writing this history of his education.

Part One: Find examples that prove his point. How is the person he is today a result of getting a good education?

Part Two: Find examples that disprove his point. What other advantages does he have (for example, where he lives, people he knows, personal characteristics) that could have led him to be successful even without a great education?

Part Three: Decide for yourself -- did Rodriguez's education make him successful? Explain your reasoning.

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