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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 the family's communication change as the children learn more English?

2. What was Rodriguez like as a student?

3. According to Rodriguez, what is wrong with speaking a private language in public?

4. What does his mother think about his reading?

5. How does mass help his family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez says that writing is difficult and writing about his family is very difficult. When he is younger, he makes up elaborate lies about his family. As an adult, he chooses to write this book about his family, which is intended to be a realistic portrayal of his relationship with them.

Part One: If writing is difficult and he does it anyway, what does that tell you about what he has to say?

Part Two: Why is writing about his family more difficult than other types of writing? Why did he lie about his family when he was younger? Is he telling the truth about them now? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Rodriguez claims that it is his education that made him successful. That is the reason he is writing this history of his education.

Part One: Find examples that prove his point. How is the person he is today a result of getting a good education?

Part Two: Find examples that disprove his point. What other advantages does he have (for example, where he lives, people he knows, personal characteristics) that could have led him to be successful even without a great education?

Part Three: Decide for yourself -- did Rodriguez's education make him successful? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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