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The Professor is a Dropout
Dr. Lupe Quintanilla
Basic Skill Questions
Vocabulary in Context
_____ 1. In the excerpt below, the word flourished
means
a. grew.
b. stood still.
c. was lost.
d. remained.
“Lupe’s own love of reading flourished during these
years. Her vocabulary was enriched and her
imagination fired by the novels she read. . . . ”
(Paragraph 11)
_____ 2. In the excerpt below, the word vehicle means
a. obstacle.
b. loss.
c. means.
d. place.
“‘Reading,’ she said, ‘reading was the vehicle.
Although I didn’t know it at the time, when I was a girl
learning to love to read, I was laying the foundation for
academic success.’” (Paragraph 28)
_____ 3. In the sentence below, the word instilled
means
a. frightened.
b. established.
c. forced.
d. forgot.
“The love of reading that her grandfather instilled in
her is still alive.”
(Paragraph 37)
_____
4. Which sentence best expresses the central point of the
selection?
a. Lupe, a first-grade dropout, eventually earned a doctoral
degree and created a professional career.
b. Lupe Quintanilla’s experience proves that the educational
system must be set up to accommodate somehow children
who speak
languages other than English.
c. Through hard work and persistence combined with a love
of reading and learning, Lupe has created a distinguished
career and helped her
children become professionals.
5. Lupe realized that her children were not retarded
when
a. they got good grades at school.
b. they were put in the group called “Yellow Birds.”
c. she saw how quickly they learned at home.
d. they read newspapers, poetry, and novels to her.
6. From these sentences: “Once they arrived in
Brownsville, Lupe was enrolled in school. Although
she does not understand any English, she was given
an IQ test in that language. Not surprisingly, she didn’t
do very well.” (Paragraph 5) we might conclude that
a. although Lupe was not very intelligent at first, she
became more
intelligent once she learned English.
b. Lupe really did know English.
c. there are no IQ tests in Spanish.
d. an IQ test in a language that the person tested
doesn’t know is
useless.
7. We might conclude from the reading that
a. a school system’s judgment about an
individual is always accurate.
b. it is often better for a child to stay home
rather than attend school.
c. by paying attention and speaking up,
parents may remove obstacles
to their children’s education.
d. working parents should accept the fact that
they cannot attend
important events in their children’s lives.
8. The author’s main purpose is to
a. inform readers of the struggle Lupe and her
children endured to gain
an education and accomplish their goals.
b. persuade readers that the educational system
needs to be reformed.
c. entertain readers with anecdotes about Lupe’s
adventures in school.
Discussion Questions
By the end of Lupe’s story, we see the serious
mistakes made by those who called her
“retarded” and her children “slow learners.”
Was there ever a time when you felt people
misjudged you? What did they say about you
that was wrong, and how did it make you feel?
Explain how you reacted to their judgments—
did you accept their remarks, or did you fight to
disprove them?
Lupe found that her school responsibilities
conflicted with her duties as wife and mother.
What kinds of personal responsibilities have
you had to juggle as a student? These may
include a job, a difficult home situation,
extracurricular school activities, or anything
else that poses a challenge to your academics.
How have you balanced these obligations with
your role as student?

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The Professor is a Drop out: A success story

  • 1.
  • 2. The Professor is a Dropout
  • 4.
  • 5. Basic Skill Questions Vocabulary in Context _____ 1. In the excerpt below, the word flourished means a. grew. b. stood still. c. was lost. d. remained. “Lupe’s own love of reading flourished during these years. Her vocabulary was enriched and her imagination fired by the novels she read. . . . ” (Paragraph 11)
  • 6. _____ 2. In the excerpt below, the word vehicle means a. obstacle. b. loss. c. means. d. place. “‘Reading,’ she said, ‘reading was the vehicle. Although I didn’t know it at the time, when I was a girl learning to love to read, I was laying the foundation for academic success.’” (Paragraph 28)
  • 7. _____ 3. In the sentence below, the word instilled means a. frightened. b. established. c. forced. d. forgot. “The love of reading that her grandfather instilled in her is still alive.” (Paragraph 37)
  • 8. _____ 4. Which sentence best expresses the central point of the selection? a. Lupe, a first-grade dropout, eventually earned a doctoral degree and created a professional career. b. Lupe Quintanilla’s experience proves that the educational system must be set up to accommodate somehow children who speak languages other than English. c. Through hard work and persistence combined with a love of reading and learning, Lupe has created a distinguished career and helped her children become professionals.
  • 9. 5. Lupe realized that her children were not retarded when a. they got good grades at school. b. they were put in the group called “Yellow Birds.” c. she saw how quickly they learned at home. d. they read newspapers, poetry, and novels to her.
  • 10. 6. From these sentences: “Once they arrived in Brownsville, Lupe was enrolled in school. Although she does not understand any English, she was given an IQ test in that language. Not surprisingly, she didn’t do very well.” (Paragraph 5) we might conclude that a. although Lupe was not very intelligent at first, she became more intelligent once she learned English. b. Lupe really did know English. c. there are no IQ tests in Spanish. d. an IQ test in a language that the person tested doesn’t know is useless.
  • 11. 7. We might conclude from the reading that a. a school system’s judgment about an individual is always accurate. b. it is often better for a child to stay home rather than attend school. c. by paying attention and speaking up, parents may remove obstacles to their children’s education. d. working parents should accept the fact that they cannot attend important events in their children’s lives.
  • 12. 8. The author’s main purpose is to a. inform readers of the struggle Lupe and her children endured to gain an education and accomplish their goals. b. persuade readers that the educational system needs to be reformed. c. entertain readers with anecdotes about Lupe’s adventures in school.
  • 13. Discussion Questions By the end of Lupe’s story, we see the serious mistakes made by those who called her “retarded” and her children “slow learners.” Was there ever a time when you felt people misjudged you? What did they say about you that was wrong, and how did it make you feel? Explain how you reacted to their judgments— did you accept their remarks, or did you fight to disprove them?
  • 14. Lupe found that her school responsibilities conflicted with her duties as wife and mother. What kinds of personal responsibilities have you had to juggle as a student? These may include a job, a difficult home situation, extracurricular school activities, or anything else that poses a challenge to your academics. How have you balanced these obligations with your role as student?