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Multiple Choice Questions

1. As he gets older, what do people tell Rodriguez about his complexion?
(a) They tell him to see a doctor to get help.
(b) They are envious of his "tan."
(c) They joke with him about how light his skin is.
(d) They tease him.

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. What changes Rodriguez's ideas about his complexion?
(a) He talks about it with one of his professors.
(b) He writes a news story about the "Black is Beautiful" movement.
(c) He talks about it with other minority students.
(d) He works construction and gets comfortable about revealing his skin.

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

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

10. While he writes his book, how does Rodriguez support himself?
(a) He does odd jobs.
(b) He is a college professor.
(c) He works construction.
(d) He tutors students.

11. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?
(a) Paris.
(b) Rome.
(c) London.
(d) Mexico City.

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

13. Because of his skin color, what did Rodriguez's parents worry about?
(a) That he would get involved with a gang.
(b) That he would have a harder time in school.
(c) That he would take a hard labor job.
(d) That people would discriminate against him.

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

15. How does Rodriguez's sister's friend challenge his ideas about complexion?
(a) She is light-skinned but spends more time outdoors than he does.
(b) She is black, but not poor.
(c) She is white, but not rich.
(d) She is dark-skinned but spends more time indoors than he does.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez think skin color says about financial status?

2. What does Rodriguez have to face in order to write the book?

3. What do the students say about Rodriguez?

4. As an adult, what do people think his complexion says about him?

5. What is the main reason for Rodriguez's success?

(see the answer keys)

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