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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 one thing that Rodriguez says happened to black students promoted through affirmative action?
(a) Some of them failed because they did not have a strong educational background.
(b) They succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.
(c) They did not do any better than students who "earned" their way in.
(d) They were a great example for future generations of black students.

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

3. What has happened to Rodriguez's classmate who applied for the same type of teaching jobs?
(a) He gets one or two offers from out-of-state schools.
(b) He is told the schools will not hire a minority candidate.
(c) He gets lots of good job offers.
(d) He does not get any job offers.

4. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?
(a) To prove that Hispanics can succeed in school.
(b) To get sympathy from professors.
(c) To get scholarships.
(d) To announce that he is proud of his ethnicity.

5. Now that Rodriguez is an adult and done with school, what does his mother ask him to do?
(a) To find a nice girl and get married.
(b) To stop talking about how his education pushed him away from the family.
(c) To leave school and help his father earn some money.
(d) To write down their family's history.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why do the new minority students on campus make Rodriguez uneasy?

3. When he was a child, what did his parents say he looked like?

4. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?

5. As an adult, what do people think his complexion says about him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. How does Rodriguez describe his mother's interaction with the public world? Give specific examples.

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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