Ap English Rodriguez and Orwell Questions for Discussion and Questions on Rhetoric and Style Answers Essay

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Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood By Richard Rodriguez Questions for Discussion: 1. Bilingual Education and Public Language 2. Paragraph 15 reveals to the readers how bilingual people are viewed in this particular society. It is viewed that as long as a non-English speaker can get their point across, it is okay. However, not having English-speaking parents makes Rodriguez feel like he is sticking out in society (his parents couldn’t help him with English). 3. Answers May Vary. Sample Answer: To Rodriguez, Spanish was a private language, as that is what he spoke at home with his family. English, however was used in public. My family does not have a “private language.” 4. Yes, as Rodriguez becomes “fit in” with society, while maintaining his relationships with his family, despite his lack of the ability to speak Spanish. 5. When Rodriguez became “forced” into learning English by society (the teachers, for example), he lost his sense of private individuality and felt as if he now had public individuality. 6. Answers May Vary. Sample Answers: No, because Black English is still a form of English, as other English speakers can understand it, whereas Spanish is a completely different language. Yes, as Black English is not true English, but rather slang – it is almost like a different language. Questions on Rhetoric and Style: 1. An aria is basically a song for a solo voice. Rodriguez probably chose it for his title because his article is his made up of his own, personal experiences in life (which is why it is appropriate). The title is effective due to its accurate portrayal of what Rodriguez’s article is about. 2. Rodriguez establishes his ethos by showing us his first day of school through his eyes (his experiences first-hand), allowing us to understand him. He establishes his authority as a child. 3. “It is a program that

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