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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. Who does Rodriguez say surrounds him now?

2. What does Rodriguez realize about language and intimacy?

3. What does his mother think about his reading?

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. What do fellow students think of the scholarship boy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Catholic rituals become a part of Rodriguez's life? Which rituals does he describe?

3. Rodriguez's family continues to speak to him in Spanish. What does that suggest about what they think about the value of Spanish?

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

5. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?

6. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

7. What do other people think of the "scholarship boy"?

8. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

9. Rodriguez finds a description in THE USES OF LITERACY that reminds him of himself. What is that description?

10. What does Rodriguez suggest education does to the scholarship boy? Why does he say that?

Essay Topics

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

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 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.

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