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

2. How does Rodriguez feel about writing a book on his family?
(a) He is worried about what his family will say.
(b) It is very hard for him.
(c) He is excited about it.
(d) It is very easy for him.

3. Where does Rodriguez feel comfortable? Why?
(a) At school, because they value his intelligence, not his complexion.
(b) At church, because he believes God loves him in spite of his dark skin.
(c) At home, because they love him no matter what he does.
(d) With his friends, because they understand him.

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

5. How does Rodriguez change his religious practices?
(a) He stops going to confession and listens to his conscience instead of the priest.
(b) He stops going to mass at all.
(c) He starts praying more regularly.
(d) He goes to mass every day.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?

3. How does Rodriguez describe the 1960s student?

4. What does Rodriguez learn about complexion from his family?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"? How does he feel about it? Give specific reasons why he feels that way.

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

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

5. What kind of social life does Rodriguez have? Does he have lots of friends and girlfriends?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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