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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 does Rodriguez realize about language and intimacy?

2. How does Rodriguez's father react to his educational accomplishments?

3. As he finishes his education, does Rodriguez think his parents still love him? How do you know?

4. What does Rodriguez start to believe about intimate conversations?

5. What religion does Rodriguez's family practice?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

3. How does Rodriguez describe each language (Spanish and English) differently?

4. What does Rodriguez discover about language and intimacy? What family member helps him to figure that out?

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

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. What is Rodriguez's initial attitude about reading? What happens to him because of that attitude? What do his parents think about reading?

10. Why does Rodriguez talk about how the rich people pronounce his name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Rodriguez's parents, focusing on the following areas:

1) Their education

2) Their attitudes toward the "public" world

3) Their attitudes toward Richard and his education

If Rodriguez was going to try to talk to one of them about the loneliness and distance he feels from them, which one should he pick? Why?

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

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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