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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. Rodriguez describes events that happened how many years ago?
2. Where do Rodriguez's parents speak Spanish and where do they speak English?
3. What religious figure was very important in his parents' old church, but becomes less important in the new church?
4. How does Rodriguez feel about his parents' English skills?
5. What is Rodriguez told when he asks questions about the church?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Rodriguez identify as the pros and cons of bilingual education?
2. What is special or different about the school Rodriguez attends? How does that affect him later in life?
3. Why does Rodriguez say he spent so many years in the classroom?
4. Does Rodriguez's family have the same level of education he does?
5. What do other people think of the "scholarship boy"?
6. Once Rodriguez starts to read, what happens?
7. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?
8. Rodriguez finds a description in THE USES OF LITERACY that reminds him of himself. What is that description?
9. Rodriguez's family continues to speak to him in Spanish. What does that suggest about what they think about the value of Spanish?
10. What does Rodriguez discover about language and intimacy? What family member helps him to figure that out?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Rodriguez clearly sees books as something powerful and potentially dangerous. Early on in the book, Rodriguez describes himself as being afraid to learn to read because he was aware of the power of books. Later, he describes his mother asking him what was in all those books and why he needed to read all of them. At the end of the book, he describes his nephew, who is reading, as someone who may cause trouble.
Part One: What has happened in his life to lead him to that conclusion? Give specific examples.
Part Two: Do you think other people in the book would agree with his conclusion? Why or why not? Give specific examples.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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