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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Rodriguez describe the 1970s student?
(a) Cynical and sour about life.
(b) Too focused on grades to care about other people.
(c) Too politically conservative.
(d) A troublemaker.

3. What is Rodriguez's complexion like?
(a) He has bad acne.
(b) He is light-skinned.
(c) He is dark-skinned.
(d) He looks like a white boy.

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

5. Who teaches Rodriguez that stereotypes are not accurate?
(a) His boss at his job.
(b) The well-educated construction workers.
(c) His professors at Stanford.
(d) The other students.

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

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

8. What changes Rodriguez's ideas about his complexion?
(a) He talks about it with one of his professors.
(b) He talks about it with other minority students.
(c) He writes a news story about the "Black is Beautiful" movement.
(d) He works construction and gets comfortable about revealing his skin.

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

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

11. 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.

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

13. 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 find a nice girl and get married.
(c) To stop talking about how his education pushed him away from the family.
(d) To leave school and help his father earn some money.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Credo, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez do to change his ideas about religion?

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

3. What happens to Rodriguez as a result of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination?

4. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?

5. According to Rodriguez, who does affirmative action help?

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