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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. Where does Rodriguez believe English should be spoken?

2. Did Rodriguez's parents get the same amount of education that he did?

3. How does Rodriguez's father react to his educational accomplishments?

4. How do Rodriguez's parents respond when he wants to go to Stanford?

5. In The Achievement of Desire, Chapter 4, how does Rodriguez describe his relationship with his parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

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

3. How does learning to speak English change Rodriguez's mother? His father?

4. What does Rodriguez identify as the pros and cons of bilingual education?

5. How do Catholic rituals become a part of Rodriguez's life? Which rituals does he describe?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Rodriguez identify as the symbol of how these two versions of Catholicism intersect in his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez repeatedly describes his experience of moving from a small, sheltered, or narrow world to a larger, less protected, more broad-minded world as he grows up. As he grows up, his views change on:

1) Skin color

2) Religion

3) The importance of language as a way to develop intimacy

4) Books

Choose at least two of those. Identify what Rodriguez's original opinion or idea was, what he later starts to believe, and what events in his life led him to change his perspective.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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