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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How do Rodriguez's friends affect his religious practices?
(a) His friends are all non-religious.
(b) His friends all practice different religions.
(c) His friends want him to go to mass with them every day.
(d) His friends are all non-Catholic.

4. How does Rodriguez feel about writing a book on his family?
(a) He is worried about what his family will say.
(b) It is very easy for him.
(c) He is excited about it.
(d) It is very hard for him.

5. In Complexion, Chapter 2, what does Rodriguez do to try to change his skin color?
(a) Take medication.
(b) Shave his arms.
(c) Bleach his skin.
(d) Scrub the color off.

6. At what stage in their academic career does Rodriguez believe students need help?
(a) When they start college.
(b) During the last two years of high school.
(c) When they start school.
(d) When they start high school.

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

8. How does Rodriguez say that the white students react to affirmative action?
(a) They complain about it.
(b) They blame him for it.
(c) They are sympathetic to it.
(d) They protest against it.

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

10. What does Rodriguez have to do if he is going to write this book?
(a) Make his opinions public.
(b) Embarrass his teachers.
(c) Offend his friends.
(d) Insult his family.

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

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

13. How do Rodriguez's parents see themselves in American society?
(a) They want to be more a part of American society than they are.
(b) They can participate in it, but they keep themselves separate.
(c) They are a part of American society.
(d) They are totally separate from American society.

14. What is Rodriguez's complexion like?
(a) He looks like a white boy.
(b) He has bad acne.
(c) He is light-skinned.
(d) He is dark-skinned.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?

3. Based on his conversation with his classmate, what does Rodriguez decide?

4. Now that Rodriguez is an adult and done with school, what does his mother ask him to do?

5. Why do the new minority students on campus make Rodriguez uneasy?

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