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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

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 everyone should use it.
(d) He thinks other people should use it.

4. 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.

5. How does Rodriguez describe the changes in the mass that happen as he grows up?
(a) It is more like a prayer than a community celebration.
(b) It becomes less formal.
(c) It becomes more formal and structured.
(d) It is more like a community celebration than a prayer.

6. 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.

7. According to Rodriguez, what do minority students need to succeed in college?
(a) Extra tutoring.
(b) Supportive professors and family members.
(c) A support system of other minority students.
(d) Basic skills and an educational background that prepares them for college.

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

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

10. 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 who went to college for five years instead of four.
(d) Students he knew in graduate school who went for extra tutoring.

11. 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.

12. When he is a child, what do people say about Rodriguez's complexion?
(a) They joke with him about how light his skin is.
(b) They tease him.
(c) They tell him he is handsome.
(d) They tell him to see a doctor to get help.

13. What comment from a professor makes Rodriguez rethink his use of the label "minority student"?
(a) That he automatically gets an "A" because he is a minority.
(b) That he does not count as a minority.
(c) That he is a bad writer because he is a minority.
(d) That his opinion is based on his minority status.

14. What happens at the swimming pool to make Rodriguez aware of his skin color?
(a) A pretty girl laughs at him.
(b) He realizes everyone else in the pool is light-skinned.
(c) A group of boys makes fun of him.
(d) His mother tells him to cover up.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What has happened to Rodriguez's classmate who applied for the same type of teaching jobs?

2. What does Rodriguez think of his parents' ideas on religion?

3. What example does Rodriguez offer of how affirmative action can have negative consequences?

4. How does Rodriguez say that the white students react to affirmative action?

5. When a student complains that he is being kept out of law school, what does Rodriguez do?

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