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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What example does Rodriguez offer of how affirmative action can have negative consequences?
(a) Students who were helped by affirmative action, but then did not help their fellow minorities.
(b) Students who flunked out of college.
(c) Students he knew in graduate school who had never written a paper.
(d) His own experience as a minority who struggled in college.

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

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

4. Does Rodriguez's mother blame him for what happened to their family?
(a) No.
(b) Yes.
(c) No, but she thinks he made it worse when he went to London.
(d) Yes, but she also blames herself.

5. When does Rodriguez think that minority students should get help?
(a) When they start college.
(b) When they look for a first job.
(c) When they are in high school.
(d) At the earliest possible age.

6. What do the Hispanic college students ask Rodriguez to do?
(a) To lead a protest.
(b) To teach a course in minority literature.
(c) To give a speech to their student group.
(d) To write them recommendations for graduate school.

7. What is Rodriguez aware of when he visits his rich friends?
(a) His friends are fascinated by his skin color.
(b) His friends talk about skin color differently than his family does.
(c) There are dark-skinned servants, but he is a friend, not a servant.
(d) His friends treat him differently because of his skin color.

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

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

10. What does Rodriguez learn about complexion from his family?
(a) Dark skin is ugly.
(b) Light skin is ugly.
(c) Be proud of your complexion, no matter what.
(d) Complexion does not matter.

11. 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 is willing to teach at a far away school.
(c) If Rodriguez thinks the jobs will find him because he is a minority candidate.
(d) If he wants to get a job this year.

12. How does Rodriguez describe the changes in the mass that happen as he grows up?
(a) It becomes less formal.
(b) It is more like a prayer than a community celebration.
(c) It is more like a community celebration than a prayer.
(d) It becomes more formal and structured.

13. According to Rodriguez, what did some sympathetic professors do for black students who were struggling?
(a) They gave the students passing grades they had not earned.
(b) They tutored them outside of class.
(c) They helped the students cheat on tests.
(d) They helped the students with their homework.

14. How does Rodriguez think about the old religious traditions of his childhood?
(a) He is glad the traditions have changed.
(b) He misses the ritual.
(c) He thinks they are old-fashioned and silly.
(d) He thinks those traditions are only suitable for people like his parents.

15. What happens to Rodriguez as a result of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination?
(a) He becomes involved in the Civil Rights Movement.
(b) He is scared to pursue more education.
(c) He gets more scholarships and opportunities.
(d) He loses his scholarship to a black student.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez tell his mother about talking to strangers?

2. As he gets older, what do people tell Rodriguez about his complexion?

3. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"?

4. In the last chapters of the book, what is Rodriguez keeping secret from his family?

5. What does Rodriguez's editor say about his idea for a book?

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