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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Is Rodriguez's classmate as good a student as Rodriguez is?
(a) Yes.
(b) Yes, but he has a bad work history.
(c) Yes, but the schools do not want to hire him because he has controversial political views.
(d) No.

4. What does Rodriguez's editor say about his idea for a book?
(a) It is not an interesting idea.
(b) Writing it will be a lonely experience.
(c) He will upset a lot of people.
(d) It could be a best-seller.

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

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

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

8. 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 gets one or two offers from out-of-state schools.
(c) He does not get any job offers.
(d) He is told the schools will not hire a minority candidate.

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

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

11. What is the Third World Student Movement?
(a) Students who attend college but embrace their cultural heritage instead of sacrificing it.
(b) Students who are studying third world countries in college.
(c) Students who volunteer in third world countries.
(d) Students who come from third world countries to attend school in the United States.

12. What does Rodriguez think skin color says about financial status?
(a) Dark-skinned people are poor.
(b) Dark-skinned people are rich.
(c) Light-skinned people are poor.
(d) Light-skinned people need to work less and get outside more.

13. Where did Rodriguez teach in the 1960s and 1970s?
(a) UC Berkeley.
(b) Stanford.
(c) UCLA.
(d) Harvard.

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

15. Now that he is a teacher, what does Rodriguez blame white students for?
(a) They are rude to the minority students.
(b) They do not make an effort to help poor white students get an education.
(c) They are arrogant and selfish about their grades.
(d) They think they are smarter than the professors.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez describe the 1960s student?

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

3. In Complexion, Chapter 2, what does Rodriguez do to try to change his skin color?

4. What does Rodriguez finally decide about affirmative action?

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

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