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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) A troublemaker.
(c) Too politically conservative.
(d) Cynical and sour about life.

2. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?
(a) To announce that he is proud of his ethnicity.
(b) To prove that Hispanics can succeed in school.
(c) To get scholarships.
(d) To get sympathy from professors.

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

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

5. What does Rodriguez have to face in order to write the book?
(a) His past.
(b) His own mistakes.
(c) His family history.
(d) His attitudes about religion.

6. What is Rodriguez aware of when he visits his rich friends?
(a) His friends talk about skin color differently than his family does.
(b) His friends treat him differently because of his skin color.
(c) His friends are fascinated by his skin color.
(d) There are dark-skinned servants, but he is a friend, not a servant.

7. 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.

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

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

10. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what new hobby does Rodriguez take up?
(a) Scuba diving.
(b) Long-distance running.
(c) Skateboarding.
(d) Skiing.

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

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

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

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

15. 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 find a nice girl and get married.
(c) To stop talking about how his education pushed him away from the family.
(d) To write down their family's history.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Rodriguez think about his ability to succeed with women?

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

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

5. According to Rodriguez's family, what is wrong with Richard?

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