Final Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When a student complains that he is being kept out of law school, what does Rodriguez do?
2. What does Rodriguez learn about complexion from his family?
3. What does Rodriguez tell his mother about talking to strangers?
4. What example does Rodriguez offer of how affirmative action can have negative consequences?
5. What comment from a professor makes Rodriguez rethink his use of the label "minority student"?
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?
Rodriguez focuses heavily on sound, particularly the sound of English versus the sound of Spanish.
Part One: How does he describe the sound of each language? Do his descriptions change as he learns more English? If so, how?
Part Two: How does he describe the sound of specific characters speaking in each language (for example, his mother speaking English versus his mother speaking Spanish)? What does that description tell you about the character? about the language?
Part Three: Rodriguez includes Spanish words throughout the text. When does he use Spanish words? Why does he use those instead of just translating them into English?
Many books written by minority authors identify the discrimination, challenges, and disadvantages faced by people of that minority group or culture. Rodriguez does acknowledge some of those things, but for the most part, his story is remarkably positive about ethnicity. In some cases, he actually identifies his ethnicity as a benefit or an advantage.
Part One: Identify at least two places in the book where Rodriguez identifies some element of his ethnicity as an advantage rather than a disadvantage.
Part Two: As a reader, what do you think about his handling of the ethnicity issue? Is he making things sound better than they really are? Do you think other writers might make things sound worse than they really are?
Part Three: Which approach would you rather read? Do you think your opinion has anything to do with your ethnicity or your life experience?
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