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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

5. 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 does not count as a minority.
(c) That he is a bad writer because he is a minority.
(d) That he automatically gets an "A" because he is a minority.

6. When Rodriguez applies for teaching jobs, what happens?
(a) He is told the schools will not hire a minority candidate.
(b) He does not get any job offers.
(c) He gets one or two offers from out-of-state schools.
(d) He gets lots of good job offers.

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

8. What example does Rodriguez offer of a program that can help minority students?
(a) His own experience: a strong educational background.
(b) Students who went to college for five years instead of four.
(c) Students he knew in graduate school who went for extra tutoring.
(d) Students who took a remedial reading course.

9. Why does Rodriguez's mother not understand his explanation about psychiatry?
(a) Because she has a cultural attitude about private life and public life.
(b) Because he does not tell her the truth.
(c) Because he is explaining in English.
(d) Because she has a cultural attitude about writers.

10. 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 helped the students with their homework.
(c) They tutored them outside of class.
(d) They helped the students cheat on tests.

11. How does Rodriguez describe the 1960s student?
(a) A troublemaker.
(b) Idealistic and admirable.
(c) Too politically liberal.
(d) Prone to protesting, but with good intentions.

12. Does Rodriguez believe that his mother knows about his book?
(a) Yes.
(b) Yes, but she will not admit it.
(c) No, but he is afraid she will find his manuscript and read it.
(d) No.

13. 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) A support system of other minority students.
(c) Supportive professors and family members.
(d) Extra tutoring.

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

15. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?
(a) To prove that Hispanics can succeed in school.
(b) To get scholarships.
(c) To get sympathy from professors.
(d) To announce that he is proud of his ethnicity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Third World Student Movement?

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

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

4. While he studies at Stanford, what does Rodriguez do to make money?

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

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