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

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

3. How do Rodriguez's parents see themselves in American society?
(a) They can participate in it, but they keep themselves separate.
(b) They want to be more a part of American society than they are.
(c) They are totally separate from American society.
(d) They are a part of American society.

4. What does Rodriguez have to do if he is going to write this book?
(a) Insult his family.
(b) Offend his friends.
(c) Embarrass his teachers.
(d) Make his opinions public.

5. How does Rodriguez's sister feel about her children's complexions?
(a) She is relieved when they are dark-skinned.
(b) She is relieved when they are light-skinned.
(c) She wants them to take care of their skin so they are more attractive.
(d) She is disappointed that they do not look more like her.

Short Answer Questions

1. Does Rodriguez's mother blame him for what happened to their family?

2. What changes Rodriguez's ideas about his complexion?

3. What is one thing that Rodriguez says happened to black students promoted through affirmative action?

4. What has happened to Rodriguez's classmate who applied for the same type of teaching jobs?

5. According to Rodriguez, who does affirmative action help?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Rodriguez's ideas about dark skin change as he grows up? Give specific examples.

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

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

4. How would Rodriguez change affirmative action? What examples does he offer to support his suggestion?

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

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

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

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

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

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