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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 describe himself as a child?

2. When does Rodriguez begin to question his religion?

3. As he finishes his education, does Rodriguez think his parents still love him? How do you know?

4. Is Rodriguez's education affected by his religion? If so, how?

5. What is Rodriguez told when he asks questions about the church?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Rodriguez's initial attitude about reading? What happens to him because of that attitude? What do his parents think about reading?

2. How does Rodriguez view his parents' use of English?

3. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?

4. Why is Rodriguez writing this book? Identify two reasons.

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

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

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

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

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

10. Is Rodriguez prepared for his first day of school? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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 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 3

Rodriguez spends a lot of time analyzing his education and how it affected him.

Part One: What lessons can a minority student draw from his story? What lessons can any student draw from his story?

Part Two: What lessons can the parent of a minority student draw from his story? What lessons can the parent of any student draw from his story?

Part Three: What lessons can the teachers of minority students draw from his story? What lessons can any teacher draw from his story?

Based on that, to what group(s) of people would you recommend this book? Why?

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