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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rodriguez's editor say about his idea for a book?
(a) It could be a best-seller.
(b) It is not an interesting idea.
(c) Writing it will be a lonely experience.
(d) He will upset a lot of people.

2. How does Rodriguez describe the 1970s student?
(a) A troublemaker.
(b) Too politically conservative.
(c) Too focused on grades to care about other people.
(d) Cynical and sour about life.

3. How does Rodriguez describe the changes in the mass that happen as he grows up?
(a) It is more like a prayer than a community celebration.
(b) It is more like a community celebration than a prayer.
(c) It becomes more formal and structured.
(d) It becomes less formal.

4. 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 does not like real work.
(c) He likes real work better than academic work.
(d) Real work is much easier than academic work.

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

6. Where does Rodriguez feel comfortable? Why?
(a) With his friends, because they understand him.
(b) At home, because they love him no matter what he does.
(c) At school, because they value his intelligence, not his complexion.
(d) At church, because he believes God loves him in spite of his dark skin.

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

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

9. 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 he does not count as a minority.
(c) That he is a bad writer because he is a minority.
(d) That his opinion is based on his minority status.

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

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

12. 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.

13. 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) Some of them failed because they did not have a strong educational background.
(c) They were a great example for future generations of black students.
(d) They succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. When a student complains that he is being kept out of law school, what does Rodriguez do?

2. What happens to Rodriguez as a result of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination?

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

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

5. Now that Rodriguez is an adult and done with school, what does his mother ask him to do?

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