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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Based on her behavior, who does Rodriguez's mother consider part of the "gringos"?
(a) Her children.
(b) Her children's friends and spouses.
(c) Her grandchildren.
(d) Her next door neighbors.

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

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

4. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?
(a) To get sympathy from professors.
(b) To prove that Hispanics can succeed in school.
(c) To announce that he is proud of his ethnicity.
(d) To get scholarships.

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

10. Now that Rodriguez is an adult and done with school, what does his mother ask him to do?
(a) To find a nice girl and get married.
(b) To leave school and help his father earn some money.
(c) To stop talking about how his education pushed him away from the family.
(d) To write down their family's history.

11. 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.

12. Is Rodriguez's classmate as good a student as Rodriguez is?
(a) Yes, but the schools do not want to hire him because he has controversial political views.
(b) No.
(c) Yes.
(d) Yes, but he has a bad work history.

13. What example does Rodriguez offer of a program that can help minority students?
(a) Students who took a remedial reading course.
(b) His own experience: a strong educational background.
(c) Students he knew in graduate school who went for extra tutoring.
(d) Students who went to college for five years instead of four.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez think skin color says about financial status?

2. According to Rodriguez, what do minority students need to succeed in college?

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

4. What changes Rodriguez's ideas about his complexion?

5. What does Rodriguez think of his parents' ideas on religion?

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