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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How do Rodriguez's parents see themselves in American society?
(a) They are a part of American society.
(b) They want to be more a part of American society than they are.
(c) They are totally separate from American society.
(d) They can participate in it, but they keep themselves separate.
2. What does Rodriguez think skin color says about financial status?
(a) Light-skinned people need to work less and get outside more.
(b) Light-skinned people are poor.
(c) Dark-skinned people are poor.
(d) Dark-skinned people are rich.
3. While he writes his book, how does Rodriguez support himself?
(a) He does odd jobs.
(b) He works construction.
(c) He tutors students.
(d) He is a college professor.
4. 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 joke with him about how light his skin is.
(c) They tease him.
(d) They are envious of his "tan."
5. When Rodriguez applies for teaching jobs, what happens?
(a) He does not get any job offers.
(b) He gets one or two offers from out-of-state schools.
(c) He gets lots of good job offers.
(d) He is told the schools will not hire a minority candidate.
6. How does Rodriguez describe the 1960s student?
(a) Too politically liberal.
(b) A troublemaker.
(c) Prone to protesting, but with good intentions.
(d) Idealistic and admirable.
7. Who teaches Rodriguez that stereotypes are not accurate?
(a) His professors at Stanford.
(b) His boss at his job.
(c) The well-educated construction workers.
(d) The other students.
8. What is one thing that Rodriguez says happened to black students promoted through affirmative action?
(a) They did not do any better than students who "earned" their way in.
(b) They were a great example for future generations of black students.
(c) Some of them failed because they did not have a strong educational background.
(d) They succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.
9. According to Rodriguez, who does affirmative action help?
(a) All minority students.
(b) White college professors who feel guilty about the Civil Rights Movement.
(c) White students who want an excuse for not getting into school.
(d) Minority students who already have some advantages.
10. As an adult, what do people think his complexion says about him?
(a) That he is poor and works in the sun all day.
(b) That he is rich and lives a life of luxury.
(c) That he is unhealthy.
(d) That he spends a lot of time indoors.
11. What happens at the swimming pool to make Rodriguez aware of his skin color?
(a) He realizes everyone else in the pool is light-skinned.
(b) His mother tells him to cover up.
(c) A group of boys makes fun of him.
(d) A pretty girl laughs at him.
12. What is the Third World Student Movement?
(a) Students who attend college but embrace their cultural heritage instead of sacrificing it.
(b) Students who come from third world countries to attend school in the United States.
(c) Students who are studying third world countries in college.
(d) Students who volunteer in third world countries.
13. How does Rodriguez describe the 1970s student?
(a) Too politically conservative.
(b) Too focused on grades to care about other people.
(c) Cynical and sour about life.
(d) A troublemaker.
14. When he was a child, what did his parents say he looked like?
(a) A ghost.
(b) A poor Mexican man who works in the sun.
(c) A sick child.
(d) A wealthy boy who does not work.
15. Does Rodriguez believe that his mother knows about his book?
(a) Yes, but she will not admit it.
(b) No, but he is afraid she will find his manuscript and read it.
Short Answer Questions
1. In the last chapters of the book, what is Rodriguez keeping secret from his family?
2. In Mr. Secrets, Chapter 1, what does Rodriguez's mother beg him not to do?
3. What example does Rodriguez offer of a program that can help minority students?
4. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?
5. While he studies at Stanford, what does Rodriguez do to make money?
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