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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 Rodriguez's grandmother affect his ideas on language?
2. What does Rodriguez see as the value of a book?
3. How does Rodriguez describe the sound of English?
4. According to Rodriguez, what is wrong with speaking a private language in public?
5. What do fellow students think of the scholarship boy?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Rodriguez identify as the pros and cons of bilingual education?
2. How does Rodriguez view his parents' use of English?
3. What conflicting messages does Rodriguez's father give him about getting an education?
4. What does Rodriguez describe as the differences between Mexican Catholicism and English Catholicism? Identify two characteristics of each.
5. What does Rodriguez identify as the symbol of how these two versions of Catholicism intersect in his life?
6. Why does the Rodriguez family tease Richard? What do they call him?
7. What is special or different about the school Rodriguez attends? How does that affect him later in life?
8. 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?
9. How does Rodriguez feel as his education comes to an end?
10. How does Rodriguez respond when people ask him how he was successful in school? Is his answer completely honest? Why or why not?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Would it have been better for Rodriguez to attend a non-Catholic school when he was younger? Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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