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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 is Rodriguez's complexion like?
(a) He has bad acne.
(b) He is dark-skinned.
(c) He looks like a white boy.
(d) He is light-skinned.

2. When he was a child, what did his parents say he looked like?
(a) A ghost.
(b) A poor Mexican man who works in the sun.
(c) A wealthy boy who does not work.
(d) A sick child.

3. How does Rodriguez think about the old religious traditions of his childhood?
(a) He thinks those traditions are only suitable for people like his parents.
(b) He misses the ritual.
(c) He thinks they are old-fashioned and silly.
(d) He is glad the traditions have changed.

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

5. What new academic field do these minority college students ask for?
(a) Third world studies.
(b) Ethnic studies.
(c) Anthropology.
(d) Ethnography.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the main reason for Rodriguez's success?

2. Because of his skin color, what did Rodriguez's parents worry about?

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

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

5. How do Rodriguez's parents see themselves in American society?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

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

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

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

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

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. Now that he is older, how do people respond to Rodriguez's skin color?

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

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