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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do the new minority students on campus make Rodriguez uneasy?
(a) They act like revolutionaries and promote violence.
(b) They dress funny.
(c) They try to speak to him in Spanish.
(d) They celebrate the cultural heritage that he has rejected.

2. In the last chapters of the book, what is Rodriguez keeping secret from his family?
(a) That he wants to be a construction worker.
(b) That he dropped out of school.
(c) That he's writing a book.
(d) That he no longer goes to church.

3. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez realize about education?
(a) It is a waste of time.
(b) It provides better job options.
(c) It gives people a voice.
(d) It changes how people look at the world.

4. When he is a child, what do people say about Rodriguez's complexion?
(a) They tell him to see a doctor to get help.
(b) They tell him he is handsome.
(c) They joke with him about how light his skin is.
(d) They tease him.

5. How does Rodriguez's sister's friend challenge his ideas about complexion?
(a) She is light-skinned but spends more time outdoors than he does.
(b) She is white, but not rich.
(c) She is black, but not poor.
(d) She is dark-skinned but spends more time indoors than he does.

6. What is the main reason for Rodriguez's success?
(a) The support of his parents.
(b) His great teachers at Stanford.
(c) His "minority student" status.
(d) His hard work and good educational background.

7. According to Rodriguez, what do minority students need to succeed in college?
(a) Basic skills and an educational background that prepares them for college.
(b) Supportive professors and family members.
(c) Extra tutoring.
(d) A support system of other minority students.

8. How does Rodriguez's mother act differently in public?
(a) Her voice gets lower and quieter.
(b) Her voice gets higher and she speaks more formally.
(c) She is more outgoing and friendly.
(d) She struggles to speak English.

9. What does Rodriguez have to do if he is going to write this book?
(a) Insult his family.
(b) Make his opinions public.
(c) Offend his friends.
(d) Embarrass his teachers.

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

11. When a student complains that he is being kept out of law school, what does Rodriguez do?
(a) Argue against his case.
(b) Tell him to stop whining.
(c) Support his case.
(d) Stay out of it.

12. As he gets older, what do people tell Rodriguez about his complexion?
(a) They tease him.
(b) They are envious of his "tan."
(c) They tell him to see a doctor to get help.
(d) They joke with him about how light his skin is.

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

14. When Rodriguez gets a summer job during college , what does it teach him about "real work"?
(a) Real work is much easier than academic work.
(b) He does not like real work.
(c) It would take him more than three months to learn how to do it successfully.
(d) He likes real work better than academic work.

15. Based on his conversation with his classmate, what does Rodriguez decide?
(a) To only take a job if he knows he did not get it through affirmative action.
(b) Not to take any of the teaching jobs.
(c) To take the best job that was offered to him.
(d) To take the worst job that was offered to him.

Short Answer Questions

1. When he was a child, what did his parents say he looked like?

2. Where did Rodriguez teach in the 1960s and 1970s?

3. What is the Third World Student Movement?

4. How does Rodriguez feel about writing a book on his family?

5. Because of his skin color, what did Rodriguez's parents worry about?

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