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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. How does mass help his family?

2. How does Rodriguez's education affect his relationship with his parents?

3. As Rodriguez reaches the end of his education, what does he have to confront?

4. How does Rodriguez describe himself now?

5. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a child?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Rodriguez's family have the same level of education he does?

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

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

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

5. Why is Rodriguez writing this book? Identify two reasons.

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

7. What does Rodriguez say about his experience of growing up Catholic?

8. Why does the Rodriguez family tease Richard? What do they call him?

9. Beyond the simple accomplishment of learning another language, what importance does Rodriguez place on learning English?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez describes a period in his life when he has very low self-esteem.

Part One: Why does he have low self-esteem? What parts of himself does he feel badly about?

Part Two: What happens in his life that makes him feel worse about those things?

Part Three: What happens in his life that makes him feel better about those things? Where does he go or who does he talk to?

Part Four: In your opinion, how much of Rodriguez's low self-esteem is just typical adolescent worrying about self-image? How much of it is a result of his specific situation and the people around him?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Part One: What does Rodriguez argue about bilingual education? Explain his argument thoroughly and give specific examples that he uses to support his argument.

Part Two: Do you agree with Rodriguez's arguments? Why or why not? Provide your own examples to support your argument.

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