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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Rodriguez teach in the 1960s and 1970s?
(a) UCLA.
(b) UC Berkeley.
(c) Stanford.
(d) Harvard.

2. While he studies at Stanford, what does Rodriguez do to make money?
(a) Tutors other students.
(b) Works a construction job.
(c) Works in the school cafeteria.
(d) Writes for a local newspaper.

3. At what stage in their academic career does Rodriguez believe students need help?
(a) When they start high school.
(b) When they start college.
(c) When they start school.
(d) During the last two years of high school.

4. What is one thing that Rodriguez says happened to black students promoted through affirmative action?
(a) Some of them failed because they did not have a strong educational background.
(b) They succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.
(c) They were a great example for future generations of black students.
(d) They did not do any better than students who "earned" their way in.

5. What comment from a professor makes Rodriguez rethink his use of the label "minority student"?
(a) That he is a bad writer because he is a minority.
(b) That he automatically gets an "A" because he is a minority.
(c) That his opinion is based on his minority status.
(d) That he does not count as a minority.

6. How does Rodriguez feel about writing a book on his family?
(a) It is very hard for him.
(b) He is excited about it.
(c) He is worried about what his family will say.
(d) It is very easy for him.

7. What happens at the swimming pool to make Rodriguez aware of his skin color?
(a) A pretty girl laughs at him.
(b) His mother tells him to cover up.
(c) He realizes everyone else in the pool is light-skinned.
(d) A group of boys makes fun of him.

8. What does Rodriguez hope writing the book will do?
(a) Share his ideas on education.
(b) Explain his history.
(c) Please his parents.
(d) Allow him to move forward and face his future.

9. As an adult, what do people think his complexion says about him?
(a) That he is rich and lives a life of luxury.
(b) That he spends a lot of time indoors.
(c) That he is unhealthy.
(d) That he is poor and works in the sun all day.

10. What does Rodriguez's professor ask him about applying for teaching jobs?
(a) If he is sure he wants to teach college.
(b) If he wants to get a job this year.
(c) If he is willing to teach at a far away school.
(d) If Rodriguez thinks the jobs will find him because he is a minority candidate.

11. How does Rodriguez change his religious practices?
(a) He stops going to confession and listens to his conscience instead of the priest.
(b) He starts praying more regularly.
(c) He stops going to mass at all.
(d) He goes to mass every day.

12. What does Rodriguez tell his mother about talking to strangers?
(a) She needs to learn how to talk to strangers more easily.
(b) There are some things so intimate it is easier to say them to strangers.
(c) Talking to strangers is more difficult in Spanish than English.
(d) Talking to strangers is always difficult.

13. In Complexion, Chapter 2, what does Rodriguez do to try to change his skin color?
(a) Take medication.
(b) Shave his arms.
(c) Bleach his skin.
(d) Scrub the color off.

14. What does Rodriguez have to face in order to write the book?
(a) His past.
(b) His attitudes about religion.
(c) His family history.
(d) His own mistakes.

15. According to Rodriguez's family, what is wrong with Richard?
(a) He needs to work at hard labor.
(b) He needs to talk more when he is at home.
(c) He needs to be more responsible.
(d) He is more like a woman because he talks a lot and has soft hands.

Short Answer Questions

1. What new academic field do these minority college students ask for?

2. What happens to Rodriguez as a result of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination?

3. Now that Rodriguez is an adult and done with school, what does his mother ask him to do?

4. What does Rodriguez think about how the meaning of a person's complexion has changed?

5. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?

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