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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez realize about education?
(a) It gives people a voice.
(b) It provides better job options.
(c) It changes how people look at the world.
(d) It is a waste of time.

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

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

4. What do the Hispanic college students ask Rodriguez to do?
(a) To teach a course in minority literature.
(b) To lead a protest.
(c) To write them recommendations for graduate school.
(d) To give a speech to their student group.

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

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

7. What new academic field do these minority college students ask for?
(a) Ethnic studies.
(b) Anthropology.
(c) Third world studies.
(d) Ethnography.

8. As an adult, what do people think his complexion says about him?
(a) That he spends a lot of time indoors.
(b) That he is unhealthy.
(c) That he is rich and lives a life of luxury.
(d) That he is poor and works in the sun all day.

9. 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.

10. 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 misses the ritual.
(d) He thinks they are old-fashioned and silly.

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

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

13. How does Rodriguez's sister's friend challenge his ideas about complexion?
(a) She is dark-skinned but spends more time indoors than he does.
(b) She is black, but not poor.
(c) She is white, but not rich.
(d) She is light-skinned but spends more time outdoors than he does.

14. Where does Rodriguez feel comfortable? Why?
(a) At school, because they value his intelligence, not his complexion.
(b) With his friends, because they understand him.
(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.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is one thing that Rodriguez says happened to black students promoted through affirmative action?

3. When does Rodriguez think that minority students should get help?

4. As he gets older, what do people tell Rodriguez about his complexion?

5. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?

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