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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 did Rodriguez learn about other religions beside his own?

2. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?

3. How does Rodriguez get involved in his church?

4. Does Rodriguez think his religious education had the effect it was supposed to?

5. What does Rodriguez say is the real reason for his success?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rodriguez suggest education does to the scholarship boy? Why does he say that?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Rodriguez say about how bilingual education affects the intersection of public and private languages?

7. How does Rodriguez respond when people ask him how he was successful in school? Is his answer completely honest? Why or why not?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Part One: Compare and contrast Rodriguez's childhood view of religion and his adult view of religion.

Part Two: Rodriguez acknowledges that the church itself changed some of its practices as he grew up. What effect did that have on his decision to stay Catholic? Did it encourage him to re-evaluate his religious beliefs and practices?

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

Rodriguez tells his mother that there are some things it is easier to discuss with a stranger than with a family member.

Part One: What specific things do you think Rodriguez would rather discuss with a stranger than with his family members?

Part Two: Do you agree with his statement? Why or why not?

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