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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 feel about his parents' English skills?

2. How does Rodriguez describe his life as a child?

3. How well can Rodriguez speak English when he starts school?

4. What did Rodriguez learn about other religions beside his own?

5. What do teachers think of the scholarship boy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. Why does Rodriguez talk about how the rich people pronounce his name?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez identifies with a student description in a textbook, the "scholarship boy." He feels that is a good representation of how he was as a student.

Part One: Describe the scholarship boy. Identify how that type of student is seen by the teacher, by fellow classmates, and how he sees himself. Identify why Rodriguez related to that description, and use specific examples to support your answer.

Part Two: Write a brief description of the kind of student you are. Identify how that type of student is seen by the teacher, by fellow classmates, and how he/she sees himself/herself. Compare and contrast your description with that of the scholarship boy.

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 describes a period in his life when he has very low self-esteem.

Part One: Why does he have low self-esteem? What parts of himself does he feel badly about?

Part Two: What happens in his life that makes him feel worse about those things?

Part Three: What happens in his life that makes him feel better about those things? Where does he go or who does he talk to?

Part Four: In your opinion, how much of Rodriguez's low self-esteem is just typical adolescent worrying about self-image? How much of it is a result of his specific situation and the people around him?

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