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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. According to Rodriguez, what do minority students need to succeed in college?
(a) Supportive professors and family members.
(b) Extra tutoring.
(c) Basic skills and an educational background that prepares them for college.
(d) A support system of other minority students.

2. What does Rodriguez finally decide about affirmative action?
(a) He thinks everyone should use it.
(b) It is a bad idea.
(c) He thinks other people should use it.
(d) He will not benefit from it.

3. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?
(a) London.
(b) Paris.
(c) Rome.
(d) Mexico City.

4. Based on his conversation with his classmate, what does Rodriguez decide?
(a) To take the worst job that was offered to him.
(b) To only take a job if he knows he did not get it through affirmative action.
(c) Not to take any of the teaching jobs.
(d) To take the best job that was offered to him.

5. What happens to Rodriguez as a result of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination?
(a) He becomes involved in the Civil Rights Movement.
(b) He gets more scholarships and opportunities.
(c) He loses his scholarship to a black student.
(d) He is scared to pursue more education.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez think of his parents' ideas on religion?

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

3. What is Rodriguez's complexion like?

4. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez realize about education?

5. How does Rodriguez's sister's friend challenge his ideas about complexion?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

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

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