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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. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?
(a) To announce that he is proud of his ethnicity.
(b) To prove that Hispanics can succeed in school.
(c) To get scholarships.
(d) To get sympathy from professors.

2. According to Rodriguez, what did some sympathetic professors do for black students who were struggling?
(a) They gave the students passing grades they had not earned.
(b) They helped the students with their homework.
(c) They tutored them outside of class.
(d) They helped the students cheat on tests.

3. When does Rodriguez think that minority students should get help?
(a) When they look for a first job.
(b) When they start college.
(c) At the earliest possible age.
(d) When they are in high school.

4. What is one thing that Rodriguez says happened to black students promoted through affirmative action?
(a) They were a great example for future generations of black students.
(b) They succeeded beyond anyone's expectations.
(c) Some of them failed because they did not have a strong educational background.
(d) They did not do any better than students who "earned" their way in.

5. What term does Rodriguez's mother ask him to explain?
(a) Psychiatry.
(b) Affirmative action.
(c) Bilingual education.
(d) LSD.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez think about how the meaning of a person's complexion has changed?

2. Why does Rodriguez's mother not understand his explanation about psychiatry?

3. Who teaches Rodriguez that stereotypes are not accurate?

4. In the last chapters of the book, what is Rodriguez keeping secret from his family?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

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

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

10. 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?

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