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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 does Rodriguez tell his mother about talking to strangers?
(a) There are some things so intimate it is easier to say them to strangers.
(b) Talking to strangers is more difficult in Spanish than English.
(c) She needs to learn how to talk to strangers more easily.
(d) Talking to strangers is always difficult.

2. What does Rodriguez think skin color says about financial status?
(a) Light-skinned people are poor.
(b) Dark-skinned people are poor.
(c) Light-skinned people need to work less and get outside more.
(d) Dark-skinned people are rich.

3. As an adult, what do people think his complexion says about him?
(a) That he is poor and works in the sun all day.
(b) That he is rich and lives a life of luxury.
(c) That he spends a lot of time indoors.
(d) That he is unhealthy.

4. While he writes his book, how does Rodriguez support himself?
(a) He does odd jobs.
(b) He works construction.
(c) He tutors students.
(d) He is a college professor.

5. How does Rodriguez's mother act differently in public?
(a) She is more outgoing and friendly.
(b) Her voice gets lower and quieter.
(c) She struggles to speak English.
(d) Her voice gets higher and she speaks more formally.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what new hobby does Rodriguez take up?

2. What is the Third World Student Movement?

3. What does Rodriguez have to face in order to write the book?

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

5. At what stage in their academic career does Rodriguez believe students need help?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

4. What does Rodriguez decide to do about a job?

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

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