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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Rodriguez think of his parents' ideas on religion?
(a) They are deep and profound.
(b) They are too simple.
(c) They are based on good Church teachings.
(d) They just do what the priest tells them to do.

3. 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 were a great example for future generations of black students.
(c) They did not do any better than students who "earned" their way in.
(d) They succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.

4. Because of his skin color, what did Rodriguez's parents worry about?
(a) That he would have a harder time in school.
(b) That he would take a hard labor job.
(c) That he would get involved with a gang.
(d) That people would discriminate against him.

5. What example does Rodriguez offer of how affirmative action can have negative consequences?
(a) His own experience as a minority who struggled in 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) Students who flunked out of college.

6. Now that Rodriguez is an adult and done with school, what does his mother ask him to do?
(a) To stop talking about how his education pushed him away from the family.
(b) To find a nice girl and get married.
(c) To write down their family's history.
(d) To leave school and help his father earn some money.

7. How do Rodriguez's parents see themselves in American society?
(a) They want to be more a part of American society than they are.
(b) They are totally separate from American society.
(c) They can participate in it, but they keep themselves separate.
(d) They are a part of American society.

8. When he was a child, what did his parents say he looked like?
(a) A wealthy boy who does not work.
(b) A poor Mexican man who works in the sun.
(c) A ghost.
(d) A sick child.

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

10. What do the students say about Rodriguez?
(a) He is too politically conservative.
(b) He is a know-it-all.
(c) He seems smart, but acts dumb.
(d) He is Mexican, but acts white.

11. In Credo, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez do to change his ideas about religion?
(a) He travels to other countries.
(b) He studies to be a priest.
(c) He studies theology.
(d) He visits a lot of different churches.

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

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

14. What does Rodriguez's professor ask him about applying for teaching jobs?
(a) If he is sure he wants to teach college.
(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 wants to get a job this year.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When he is a child, what do people say about Rodriguez's complexion?

2. What does Rodriguez think skin color says about financial status?

3. According to Rodriguez, what do minority students need to succeed in college?

4. How does Rodriguez describe the 1960s student?

5. When Rodriguez applies for teaching jobs, what happens?

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