Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Rodriguez feel when he observes the group of black teenagers on the bus?
2. Did Rodriguez's brother and sister tell him what to expect at school?
3. What does Rodriguez call the English-speaking people his family interacts with?
4. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?
5. How does the family's communication change as the children learn more English?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Rodriguez describe his mother's interaction with the public world? Give specific examples.
2. Why does Rodriguez talk about how the rich people pronounce his name?
3. What does Rodriguez discover about language and intimacy? What family member helps him to figure that out?
4. As more minority students attend college, what does Rodriguez notice about their relationship to their culture? Give specific examples.
5. Rodriguez's family continues to speak to him in Spanish. What does that suggest about what they think about the value of Spanish?
6. Is Rodriguez prepared for his first day of school? Why or why not?
7. Beyond the simple accomplishment of learning another language, what importance does Rodriguez place on learning English?
8. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?
9. As a child, what does Rodriguez learn about dark skin?
10. How does Rodriguez feel as his education comes to an end?
Rodriguez focuses heavily on sound, particularly the sound of English versus the sound of Spanish.
Part One: How does he describe the sound of each language? Do his descriptions change as he learns more English? If so, how?
Part Two: How does he describe the sound of specific characters speaking in each language (for example, his mother speaking English versus his mother speaking Spanish)? What does that description tell you about the character? about the language?
Part Three: Rodriguez includes Spanish words throughout the text. When does he use Spanish words? Why does he use those instead of just translating them into English?
Part One: What does Rodriguez argue about affirmative action? Explain his argument thoroughly and give specific examples that he uses to support his argument.
Part Two: Do you agree with his arguments? Why or why not? Provide your own examples to support your argument.
Many books written by minority authors identify the discrimination, challenges, and disadvantages faced by people of that minority group or culture. Rodriguez does acknowledge some of those things, but for the most part, his story is remarkably positive about ethnicity. In some cases, he actually identifies his ethnicity as a benefit or an advantage.
Part One: Identify at least two places in the book where Rodriguez identifies some element of his ethnicity as an advantage rather than a disadvantage.
Part Two: As a reader, what do you think about his handling of the ethnicity issue? Is he making things sound better than they really are? Do you think other writers might make things sound worse than they really are?
Part Three: Which approach would you rather read? Do you think your opinion has anything to do with your ethnicity or your life experience?
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