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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Rodriguez finally decide about affirmative action?
(a) It is a bad idea.
(b) He will not benefit from it.
(c) He thinks other people should use it.
(d) He thinks everyone should use it.

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

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

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

7. How does Rodriguez's mother act differently in public?
(a) She is more outgoing and friendly.
(b) She struggles to speak English.
(c) Her voice gets lower and quieter.
(d) Her voice gets higher and she speaks more formally.

8. What does Rodriguez think about how the meaning of a person's complexion has changed?
(a) His dark skin used to be unpopular, but now is popular.
(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) Nobody pays any attention to complexion any more.

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

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

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

12. What is the main reason for Rodriguez's success?
(a) His hard work and good educational background.
(b) His "minority student" status.
(c) The support of his parents.
(d) His great teachers at Stanford.

13. What term does Rodriguez's mother ask him to explain?
(a) Bilingual education.
(b) Affirmative action.
(c) LSD.
(d) Psychiatry.

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

15. How does Rodriguez describe the 1960s student?
(a) Idealistic and admirable.
(b) A troublemaker.
(c) Prone to protesting, but with good intentions.
(d) Too politically liberal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Does Rodriguez believe that his mother knows about his book?

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

3. While he writes his book, how does Rodriguez support himself?

4. How does Rodriguez's sister feel about her children's complexions?

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

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