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

2. 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) Some of them failed because they did not have a strong educational background.
(c) They did not do any better than students who "earned" their way in.
(d) They succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.

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

4. What do the students say about Rodriguez?
(a) He is Mexican, but acts white.
(b) He is a know-it-all.
(c) He is too politically conservative.
(d) He seems smart, but acts dumb.

5. What does Rodriguez hope writing the book will do?
(a) Share his ideas on education.
(b) Allow him to move forward and face his future.
(c) Please his parents.
(d) Explain his history.

Short Answer Questions

1. Is Rodriguez's classmate as good a student as Rodriguez is?

2. What is the Third World Student Movement?

3. When Rodriguez gets a summer job during college , what does it teach him about "real work"?

4. What does Rodriguez have to do if he is going to write this book?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rodriguez's mother tell him about writing about their family? What does his editor tell him?

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

3. 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?

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

5. How would Rodriguez change affirmative action? What examples does he offer to support his suggestion?

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

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

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

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

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

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