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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. When Rodriguez applies for teaching jobs, what happens?
(a) He is told the schools will not hire a minority candidate.
(b) He gets lots of good job offers.
(c) He gets one or two offers from out-of-state schools.
(d) He does not get any job offers.

2. In Mr. Secrets, Chapter 1, what does Rodriguez's mother beg him not to do?
(a) Get married.
(b) Quit school.
(c) Stop going to church.
(d) Write a book about their family.

3. In Complexion, Chapter 2, what does Rodriguez do to try to change his skin color?
(a) Scrub the color off.
(b) Shave his arms.
(c) Bleach his skin.
(d) Take medication.

4. What new academic field do these minority college students ask for?
(a) Ethnography.
(b) Anthropology.
(c) Third world studies.
(d) Ethnic studies.

5. Based on her behavior, who does Rodriguez's mother consider part of the "gringos"?
(a) Her children.
(b) Her children's friends and spouses.
(c) Her next door neighbors.
(d) Her grandchildren.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez's sister feel about her children's complexions?

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

3. What term does Rodriguez's mother ask him to explain?

4. What is the Third World Student Movement?

5. What does Rodriguez hope writing the book will do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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. What does Rodriguez decide to do about a job?

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