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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is one thing that Rodriguez says happened to black students promoted through affirmative action?
(a) Some of them failed because they did not have a strong educational background.
(b) They succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.
(c) They were a great example for future generations of black students.
(d) They did not do any better than students who "earned" their way in.

4. What example does Rodriguez offer of how affirmative action can have negative consequences?
(a) Students who were helped by affirmative action, but then did not help their fellow minorities.
(b) His own experience as a minority who struggled in college.
(c) Students he knew in graduate school who had never written a paper.
(d) Students who flunked out of college.

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. What does Rodriguez think about how the meaning of a person's complexion has changed?
(a) Nobody pays any attention to complexion any more.
(b) People used to ignore his complexion, but now they make a big deal about it.
(c) His dark skin used to be unpopular, but now is popular.
(d) His dark skin used to be popular, but now is unpopular.

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

11. What has happened to Rodriguez's classmate who applied for the same type of teaching jobs?
(a) He is told the schools will not hire a minority candidate.
(b) He does not get any job offers.
(c) He gets one or two offers from out-of-state schools.
(d) He gets lots of good job offers.

12. 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.

13. What happens to Rodriguez as a result of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination?
(a) He gets more scholarships and opportunities.
(b) He loses his scholarship to a black student.
(c) He is scared to pursue more education.
(d) He becomes involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

14. According to Rodriguez's family, what is wrong with Richard?
(a) He needs to be more responsible.
(b) He is more like a woman because he talks a lot and has soft hands.
(c) He needs to work at hard labor.
(d) He needs to talk more when he is at home.

15. In Mr. Secrets, Chapter 1, what does Rodriguez's mother beg him not to do?
(a) Get married.
(b) Write a book about their family.
(c) Quit school.
(d) Stop going to church.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Rodriguez, who does affirmative action help?

2. What do the Hispanic college students ask Rodriguez to do?

3. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?

4. While he studies at Stanford, what does Rodriguez do to make money?

5. How does Rodriguez describe the changes in the mass that happen as he grows up?

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