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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 does Rodriguez start to notice about English?
2. What does Rodriguez realize about language and intimacy?
3. As Rodriguez moves into graduate school, what does he realize about his education?
4. In The Achievement of Desire, Prologue, Rodriguez says that now that he is successful, people always ask him a certain question. What is it?
5. What do teachers think of the scholarship boy?
Short Essay Questions
1. As more minority students attend college, what does Rodriguez notice about their relationship to their culture? Give specific examples.
2. How does Rodriguez describe a holiday celebration with his entire family? What does that say about his parents' decision to educate their children?
3. How does Rodriguez describe his mother's interaction with the public world? Give specific examples.
4. Why is Rodriguez writing this book? Identify two reasons.
5. What do other people think of the "scholarship boy"?
6. What does Rodriguez think about the Civil Rights Movement?
7. How does Rodriguez describe the change in the Catholic Church that happens as he grows up?
8. What is Rodriguez's initial attitude about reading? What happens to him because of that attitude? What do his parents think about reading?
9. How does Rodriguez view his parents' use of English?
10. What conflicting messages does Rodriguez's father give him about getting an education?
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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.
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