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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 is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?

2. How does Rodriguez see the scholarship boy?

3. How does the family's communication change as the children learn more English?

4. How does Rodriguez's mother react to his educational accomplishments?

5. What do teachers think of the scholarship boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the parents' desire for a good education end up hurting their family?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What conflicting messages does Rodriguez's father give him about getting an education?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Rodriguez is told that men behave in one way and women behave in another way. He is embarrassed because based on those standards, he acts more like a woman than a man.

Part One: How does Rodriguez's family define male and female behavior? Why do you think they have those opinions?

Part Two: Do the characters in the book follow those guidelines for male and female behavior? What happens to characters who do not follow the guidelines? What happens to characters who do follow the guidelines? What is Rodriguez saying about gender roles?

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