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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. What is Rodriguez's initial response to bilingual education?
2. What two versions of his religion does Rodriguez say his parents had to choose between?
3. As Rodriguez and his siblings learn more English, what happens to their family?
4. Where does Rodriguez start school?
5. As Rodriguez moves into graduate school, what does he realize about his education?
Short Essay Questions
1. As more minority students attend college, what does Rodriguez notice about their relationship to their culture? Give specific examples.
2. What does Rodriguez describe as the differences between Mexican Catholicism and English Catholicism? Identify two characteristics of each.
3. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?
4. What does Rodriguez's mother tell him about writing about their family? What does his editor tell him?
5. What does Rodriguez learn from working with the construction workers? Give two specific examples.
6. Why does the Rodriguez family tease Richard? What do they call him?
7. 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?
8. What is special or different about the school Rodriguez attends? How does that affect him later in life?
9. What conversation does Rodriguez have with a colleague about teaching positions? What decision does Rodriguez make as a result of that conversation?
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
Would it have been better for Rodriguez to attend a non-Catholic school when he was younger? Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.
Essay Topic 2
Every book has flat and round characters. A flat character is two-dimensional, someone who serves a purpose in the book but does not seem like a living, breathing person. A round character is one who is fully developed and seems like a real person. If you read a story about a boyfriend and girlfriend eating dinner at a restaurant, the boyfriend and girlfriend will be round characters. The people at the next table or the waiter who serves them their food are probably flat characters.
Part One: Besides Richard Rodriguez, which characters in this book are round? In other words, which ones have fully developed characteristics and identities? Which ones do you feel like you really know? How big a role do these characters play in the book?
Part Two: Which characters are flat or two-dimensional? Do not try to list all of them, but pick out at least four characters that serve an important purpose, but still do not get fully developed. For example, how well developed is the priest who comes to visit? Or the group of black teenagers on the bus?
Part Three: Think as the author for a moment. Why did Rodriguez choose to make some important characters flat? Why did Rodriguez choose to make other important characters round? What does that say about the character or Rodriguez's relationship with the character?
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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