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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Where did Rodriguez teach in the 1960s and 1970s?
(a) UCLA.
(b) UC Berkeley.
(c) Harvard.
(d) Stanford.

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

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

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

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

8. What does Rodriguez think about his ability to succeed with women?
(a) He can only flirt with dark-skinned women.
(b) He will fail because his skin color makes him ugly.
(c) He will attract a lot of women because he is "exotic."
(d) He will succeed because he has such a beautiful "tan."

9. How does Rodriguez's sister feel about her children's complexions?
(a) She is disappointed that they do not look more like her.
(b) She is relieved when they are light-skinned.
(c) She wants them to take care of their skin so they are more attractive.
(d) She is relieved when they are dark-skinned.

10. How does Rodriguez describe the 1960s student?
(a) Too politically liberal.
(b) Idealistic and admirable.
(c) Prone to protesting, but with good intentions.
(d) A troublemaker.

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

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

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

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

15. Why does Rodriguez's mother not understand his explanation about psychiatry?
(a) Because she has a cultural attitude about writers.
(b) Because he does not tell her the truth.
(c) Because she has a cultural attitude about private life and public life.
(d) Because he is explaining in English.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Rodriguez applies for teaching jobs, what happens?

2. Does Rodriguez's mother blame him for what happened to their family?

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

4. What do the Hispanic college students ask Rodriguez to do?

5. How does Rodriguez say that the white students react to affirmative action?

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