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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. What do the Hispanic college students ask Rodriguez to do?
(a) To write them recommendations for graduate school.
(b) To give a speech to their student group.
(c) To teach a course in minority literature.
(d) To lead a protest.

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

3. Does Rodriguez believe that his mother knows about his book?
(a) No.
(b) No, but he is afraid she will find his manuscript and read it.
(c) Yes.
(d) Yes, but she will not admit it.

4. What is one thing that Rodriguez says happened to black students promoted through affirmative action?
(a) They were a great example for future generations of black students.
(b) They did not do any better than students who "earned" their way in.
(c) They succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.
(d) Some of them failed because they did not have a strong educational background.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Credo, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez do to change his ideas about religion?

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

4. What example does Rodriguez offer of how affirmative action can have negative consequences?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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