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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Mr. Secrets, Chapter 1, what does Rodriguez's mother beg him not to do?
(a) Get married.
(b) Stop going to church.
(c) Quit school.
(d) Write a book about their family.

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

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

4. Where does Rodriguez feel comfortable? Why?
(a) With his friends, because they understand him.
(b) At school, because they value his intelligence, not his complexion.
(c) At home, because they love him no matter what he does.
(d) At church, because he believes God loves him in spite of his dark skin.

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

6. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?
(a) Paris.
(b) Rome.
(c) Mexico City.
(d) London.

7. 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) Stay out of it.
(d) Support his case.

8. According to Rodriguez's family, how are men supposed to be?
(a) Tough, aggressive, and bossy.
(b) Gentle, polite, and soft-spoken.
(c) Ruggedly handsome, strong in character, and responsible.
(d) Intelligent, kind, and good at providing for a family.

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. While he writes his book, how does Rodriguez support himself?
(a) He tutors students.
(b) He is a college professor.
(c) He does odd jobs.
(d) He works construction.

11. While he studies at Stanford, what does Rodriguez do to make money?
(a) Tutors other students.
(b) Works a construction job.
(c) Works in the school cafeteria.
(d) Writes for a local newspaper.

12. What does Rodriguez think about how the meaning of a person's complexion has changed?
(a) Nobody pays any attention to complexion any more.
(b) His dark skin used to be popular, but now is unpopular.
(c) People used to ignore his complexion, but now they make a big deal about it.
(d) His dark skin used to be unpopular, but now is popular.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez learn about complexion from his family?

2. Does Rodriguez's mother blame him for what happened to their family?

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

4. How does Rodriguez change his religious practices?

5. Is Rodriguez's classmate as good a student as Rodriguez is?

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