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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 tutored them outside of class.
(c) They helped the students with their homework.
(d) They gave the students passing grades they had not earned.

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

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

4. How do Rodriguez's parents see themselves in American society?
(a) They are a part of American society.
(b) They can participate in it, but they keep themselves separate.
(c) They want to be more a part of American society than they are.
(d) They are totally separate from American society.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What comment from a professor makes Rodriguez rethink his use of the label "minority student"?

2. According to Rodriguez's family, what is wrong with Richard?

3. At what stage in their academic career does Rodriguez believe students need help?

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

5. What does Rodriguez think about his ability to succeed with women?

Short Essay Questions

1. As more minority students attend college, what does Rodriguez notice about their relationship to their culture? Give specific examples.

2. What does Rodriguez think about the current system of affirmative action? Give two examples he uses to support his argument.

3. How does Rodriguez overcome his attitudes about dark skin? Give two specific examples.

4. What does Rodriguez learn from working with the construction workers? Give two specific examples.

5. How does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"? How does he feel about it? Give specific reasons why he feels that way.

6. What are Rodriguez's parents' ideas about masculine and feminine characteristics? How does that affect Rodriguez?

7. As a teacher, how does Rodriguez interact with these other minority students? Why does he act that way?

8. How does Rodriguez feel about writing? How does he feel about writing about his family? How has he handled it in the past? How is he handling it now?

9. How does Rodriguez describe the change in the Catholic Church that happens as he grows up?

10. How does Rodriguez describe his mother's interaction with the public world? Give specific examples.

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