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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Based on his conversation with his classmate, what does Rodriguez decide?
(a) To take the best job that was offered to him.
(b) To only take a job if he knows he did not get it through affirmative action.
(c) Not to take any of the teaching jobs.
(d) To take the worst job that was offered to him.

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

4. 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) His dark skin used to be unpopular, but now is popular.
(c) People used to ignore his complexion, but now they make a big deal about it.
(d) His dark skin used to be popular, but now is unpopular.

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

6. What is the main reason for Rodriguez's success?
(a) His great teachers at Stanford.
(b) His "minority student" status.
(c) His hard work and good educational background.
(d) The support of his parents.

7. In the last chapters of the book, what is Rodriguez keeping secret from his family?
(a) That he wants to be a construction worker.
(b) That he dropped out of school.
(c) That he's writing a book.
(d) That he no longer goes to church.

8. What do the Hispanic college students ask Rodriguez to do?
(a) To write them recommendations for graduate school.
(b) To give a speech to their student group.
(c) To teach a course in minority literature.
(d) To lead a protest.

9. Does Rodriguez believe that his mother knows about his book?
(a) Yes.
(b) No, but he is afraid she will find his manuscript and read it.
(c) Yes, but she will not admit it.
(d) No.

10. Does Rodriguez's mother blame him for what happened to their family?
(a) No.
(b) No, but she thinks he made it worse when he went to London.
(c) Yes.
(d) Yes, but she also blames herself.

11. According to Rodriguez, what did some sympathetic professors do for black students who were struggling?
(a) They helped the students with their homework.
(b) They gave the students passing grades they had not earned.
(c) They tutored them outside of class.
(d) They helped the students cheat on tests.

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

13. What comment from a professor makes Rodriguez rethink his use of the label "minority student"?
(a) That he automatically gets an "A" because he is a minority.
(b) That his opinion is based on his minority status.
(c) That he does not count as a minority.
(d) That he is a bad writer because he is a minority.

14. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez realize about education?
(a) It gives people a voice.
(b) It provides better job options.
(c) It changes how people look at the world.
(d) It is a waste of time.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez describe the 1970s student?

2. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?

3. What example does Rodriguez offer of a program that can help minority students?

4. What term does Rodriguez's mother ask him to explain?

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

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