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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. While he studies at Stanford, what does Rodriguez do to make money?
(a) Tutors other students.
(b) Works a construction job.
(c) Writes for a local newspaper.
(d) Works in the school cafeteria.

2. Why do the new minority students on campus make Rodriguez uneasy?
(a) They try to speak to him in Spanish.
(b) They dress funny.
(c) They act like revolutionaries and promote violence.
(d) They celebrate the cultural heritage that he has rejected.

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

4. What happens to Rodriguez as a result of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination?
(a) He is scared to pursue more education.
(b) He loses his scholarship to a black student.
(c) He gets more scholarships and opportunities.
(d) He becomes involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Rodriguez finally decide about affirmative action?

3. While he writes his book, how does Rodriguez support himself?

4. What is Rodriguez's complexion like?

5. When does Rodriguez think that minority students should get help?

Short Essay Questions

1. As a child, what does Rodriguez learn about dark skin?

2. Rodriguez looks at the students of the 1960s and 1970s from a teacher's perspective. What does he see as the difference between them?

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

4. 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?

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

6. How do Rodriguez's ideas about dark skin change as he grows up? Give specific examples.

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

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

9. What does Rodriguez think about the Civil Rights Movement?

10. How do Rodriguez's ideas about religion change as he grows up? How does his practice of religion change?

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