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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Rodriguez learn about complexion from his family?
(a) Dark skin is ugly.
(b) Light skin is ugly.
(c) Be proud of your complexion, no matter what.
(d) Complexion does not matter.

3. 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 ghost.
(d) A poor Mexican man who works in the sun.

4. What does Rodriguez think of his parents' ideas on religion?
(a) They just do what the priest tells them to do.
(b) They are based on good Church teachings.
(c) They are deep and profound.
(d) They are too simple.

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

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

7. When Rodriguez gets a summer job during college , what does it teach him about "real work"?
(a) It would take him more than three months to learn how to do it successfully.
(b) He likes real work better than academic work.
(c) He does not like real work.
(d) Real work is much easier than academic work.

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

9. What does Rodriguez hope writing the book will do?
(a) Explain his history.
(b) Please his parents.
(c) Allow him to move forward and face his future.
(d) Share his ideas on education.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do Rodriguez's parents see themselves in American society?

2. Is Rodriguez's classmate as good a student as Rodriguez is?

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

4. What is Rodriguez's complexion like?

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

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