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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Rodriguez think about the old religious traditions of his childhood?
(a) He is glad the traditions have changed.
(b) He thinks those traditions are only suitable for people like his parents.
(c) He misses the ritual.
(d) He thinks they are old-fashioned and silly.

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

3. What has happened to Rodriguez's classmate who applied for the same type of teaching jobs?
(a) He gets lots of good job offers.
(b) He is told the schools will not hire a minority candidate.
(c) He gets one or two offers from out-of-state schools.
(d) He does not get any job offers.

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

5. 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.

6. 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 becomes less formal.
(c) It becomes more formal and structured.
(d) It is more like a community celebration than a prayer.

7. In Credo, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez do to change his ideas about religion?
(a) He studies to be a priest.
(b) He studies theology.
(c) He travels to other countries.
(d) He visits a lot of different churches.

8. What does Rodriguez finally decide about affirmative action?
(a) It is a bad idea.
(b) He thinks other people should use it.
(c) He will not benefit from it.
(d) He thinks everyone should use it.

9. How does Rodriguez change his religious practices?
(a) He stops going to confession and listens to his conscience instead of the priest.
(b) He stops going to mass at all.
(c) He starts praying more regularly.
(d) He goes to mass every day.

10. According to Rodriguez, who does affirmative action help?
(a) Minority students who already have some advantages.
(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) All minority students.

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

12. When does Rodriguez think that minority students should get help?
(a) At the earliest possible age.
(b) When they start college.
(c) When they look for a first job.
(d) When they are in high school.

13. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"?
(a) Because he hides things from his family.
(b) Because he lies to his family.
(c) Because he likes to surprise them.
(d) Because he does not talk to his family.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the students say about Rodriguez?

2. How does Rodriguez's sister's friend challenge his ideas about complexion?

3. Does Rodriguez believe that his mother knows about his book?

4. Why do the new minority students on campus make Rodriguez uneasy?

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

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