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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 happens at the swimming pool to make Rodriguez aware of his skin color?
(a) A pretty girl laughs at him.
(b) He realizes everyone else in the pool is light-skinned.
(c) A group of boys makes fun of him.
(d) His mother tells him to cover up.

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

3. When Rodriguez gets a summer job during college , what does it teach him about "real work"?
(a) He does not like real work.
(b) He likes real work better than academic work.
(c) Real work is much easier than academic work.
(d) It would take him more than three months to learn how to do it successfully.

4. Is Rodriguez's classmate as good a student as Rodriguez is?
(a) Yes, but he has a bad work history.
(b) No.
(c) Yes, but the schools do not want to hire him because he has controversial political views.
(d) Yes.

5. How do Rodriguez's friends affect his religious practices?
(a) His friends all practice different religions.
(b) His friends are all non-religious.
(c) His friends are all non-Catholic.
(d) His friends want him to go to mass with them every day.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Rodriguez think about his ability to succeed with women?

3. According to Rodriguez's family, what is wrong with Richard?

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

5. When he is a child, what do people say about Rodriguez's complexion?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. What does Rodriguez decide to do about a job?

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

7. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

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

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

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

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