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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Rodriguez think about his ability to succeed with women?
(a) He can only flirt with dark-skinned women.
(b) He will fail because his skin color makes him ugly.
(c) He will attract a lot of women because he is "exotic."
(d) He will succeed because he has such a beautiful "tan."

5. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what new hobby does Rodriguez take up?
(a) Scuba diving.
(b) Long-distance running.
(c) Skateboarding.
(d) Skiing.

6. What has happened to Rodriguez's classmate who applied for the same type of teaching jobs?
(a) He gets one or two offers from out-of-state schools.
(b) He is told the schools will not hire a minority candidate.
(c) He gets lots of good job offers.
(d) He does not get any job offers.

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

8. 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.

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

10. What term does Rodriguez's mother ask him to explain?
(a) LSD.
(b) Affirmative action.
(c) Bilingual education.
(d) Psychiatry.

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

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

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

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

15. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"?
(a) Because he does not talk to his family.
(b) Because he lies to his family.
(c) Because he likes to surprise them.
(d) Because he hides things from his family.

Short Answer Questions

1. What comment from a professor makes Rodriguez rethink his use of the label "minority student"?

2. Who teaches Rodriguez that stereotypes are not accurate?

3. How does Rodriguez's mother act differently in public?

4. Now that he is a teacher, what does Rodriguez blame white students for?

5. What does Rodriguez hope writing the book will do?

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