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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. According to Rodriguez, who does affirmative action help?
(a) White students who want an excuse for not getting into school.
(b) All minority students.
(c) Minority students who already have some advantages.
(d) White college professors who feel guilty about the Civil Rights Movement.

2. Based on his conversation with his classmate, what does Rodriguez decide?
(a) Not to take any of the teaching jobs.
(b) To take the worst job that was offered to him.
(c) To only take a job if he knows he did not get it through affirmative action.
(d) To take the best job that was offered to him.

3. According to Rodriguez's family, how are men supposed to be?
(a) Ruggedly handsome, strong in character, and responsible.
(b) Tough, aggressive, and bossy.
(c) Gentle, polite, and soft-spoken.
(d) Intelligent, kind, and good at providing for a family.

4. How does Rodriguez describe the changes in the mass that happen as he grows up?
(a) It becomes more formal and structured.
(b) It is more like a community celebration than a prayer.
(c) It becomes less formal.
(d) It is more like a prayer than a community celebration.

5. When a student complains that he is being kept out of law school, what does Rodriguez do?
(a) Stay out of it.
(b) Support his case.
(c) Argue against his case.
(d) Tell him to stop whining.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?

5. In Credo, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez do to change his ideas about religion?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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