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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. Where does Rodriguez feel comfortable? Why?
(a) At school, because they value his intelligence, not his complexion.
(b) At home, because they love him no matter what he does.
(c) With his friends, because they understand him.
(d) At church, because he believes God loves him in spite of his dark skin.

2. What comment from a professor makes Rodriguez rethink his use of the label "minority student"?
(a) That he does not count as a minority.
(b) That his opinion is based on his minority status.
(c) That he automatically gets an "A" because he is a minority.
(d) That he is a bad writer because he is a minority.

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

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

5. In Complexion, Chapter 2, what does Rodriguez do to try to change his skin color?
(a) Bleach his skin.
(b) Take medication.
(c) Shave his arms.
(d) Scrub the color off.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does Rodriguez offer of a program that can help minority students?

2. What does Rodriguez think about how the meaning of a person's complexion has changed?

3. What does Rodriguez's professor ask him about applying for teaching jobs?

4. According to Rodriguez, what did some sympathetic professors do for black students who were struggling?

5. According to Rodriguez, who does affirmative action help?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of social life does Rodriguez have? Does he have lots of friends and girlfriends?

2. How do people respond to Rodriguez's skin color when he is younger?

3. How does Rodriguez explain psychiatry to his mother? Does she understand? Why or why not? How does that discussion connect to his book and what he is willing to tell her about the book?

4. What does Rodriguez decide to do about a job?

5. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

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

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

8. How does Rodriguez feel about white students' attitudes toward affirmative action?

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

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

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