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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 Mr. Secrets, Chapter 1, what does Rodriguez's mother beg him not to do?
(a) Stop going to church.
(b) Get married.
(c) Quit school.
(d) Write a book about their family.

2. What does Rodriguez learn about complexion from his family?
(a) Dark skin is ugly.
(b) Be proud of your complexion, no matter what.
(c) Light skin is ugly.
(d) Complexion does not matter.

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

4. When Rodriguez applies for teaching jobs, what happens?
(a) He gets one or two offers from out-of-state schools.
(b) He gets lots of good job offers.
(c) He is told the schools will not hire a minority candidate.
(d) He does not get any job offers.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Rodriguez feel comfortable? Why?

3. How do Rodriguez's friends affect his religious practices?

4. Where did Rodriguez teach in the 1960s and 1970s?

5. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Rodriguez think about the Civil Rights Movement?

6. 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?

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

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

9. What conversation does Rodriguez have with a colleague about teaching positions? What decision does Rodriguez make as a result of that conversation?

10. 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?

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