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“Scholarship boy” Questions 1. What was the author’s primary reason for success in the classroom? Richard Rodriguez attributes his success in the classroom for attending an excellent grammar school. The support of his family and his teachers and their examples made him want to be successful. 2. When did the author realize his reason for success? The author realized his reason for success as young age. He kept this repressed and buried inside of himself until he was at the end of his schooling and 30 years old. 3. The author seems to be hinting that it was hard for him to acknowledge, to himself, this reason for his success, which is why it took him so long to come to terms with it. Why? Was the author ashamed of himself or how he had acted to his family? What do you think? I believe the author was ashamed of where he came from. His ambition set him apart from his family. He came from a working-class family and lived in a starkly different environment than the one at school. After years of schooling and approaching the end of his education I believe he was forced to come to terms with it, unable to bury the way he felt under more schooling. 4. Rodriguez comes to realize that the dissonance he has felt being a successful student in an immigrant family is because of a phenomenon he calls being a “scholarship boy.” A) What does he mean by that? What is a scholarship boy, as he explains it? The author describes a “scholarship boy” as a student who is torn between the cultures of school and home. The family comforts him and consoles him while the school environment forces him to act on his own and think for himself. B) How has being a scholarship boy impacted him? As a scholarship boy the author was constantly growing and expanding himself and his knowledge, returning home to see his parents were the same as he was before.

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