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

2. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"?
(a) Because he hides things from his family.
(b) Because he likes to surprise them.
(c) Because he does not talk to his family.
(d) Because he lies to his family.

3. Is Rodriguez's classmate as good a student as Rodriguez is?
(a) Yes, but the schools do not want to hire him because he has controversial political views.
(b) Yes.
(c) No.
(d) Yes, but he has a bad work history.

4. In the last chapters of the book, what is Rodriguez keeping secret from his family?
(a) That he dropped out of school.
(b) That he wants to be a construction worker.
(c) That he's writing a book.
(d) That he no longer goes to church.

5. What do the Hispanic college students ask Rodriguez to do?
(a) To lead a protest.
(b) To teach a course in minority literature.
(c) To write them recommendations for graduate school.
(d) To give a speech to their student group.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Rodriguez have to face in order to write the book?

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

5. What is Rodriguez aware of when he visits his rich friends?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

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

9. 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?

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

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