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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 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) It is not an interesting idea.
(d) Writing it will be a lonely experience.

2. When he is a child, what do people say about Rodriguez's complexion?
(a) They tell him he is handsome.
(b) They joke with him about how light his skin is.
(c) They tease him.
(d) They tell him to see a doctor to get help.

3. Based on her behavior, who does Rodriguez's mother consider part of the "gringos"?
(a) Her children.
(b) Her children's friends and spouses.
(c) Her next door neighbors.
(d) Her grandchildren.

4. What does Rodriguez think skin color says about financial status?
(a) Light-skinned people are poor.
(b) Dark-skinned people are poor.
(c) Light-skinned people need to work less and get outside more.
(d) Dark-skinned people are rich.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez's sister feel about her children's complexions?

2. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?

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

4. What is Rodriguez's complexion like?

5. What does Rodriguez learn about complexion from his family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"? In spite of his secretive behavior, what does Rodriguez believe she knows?

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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