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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 does Rodriguez's professor ask him about applying for teaching jobs?
(a) If he is willing to teach at a far away school.
(b) If he wants to get a job this year.
(c) If Rodriguez thinks the jobs will find him because he is a minority candidate.
(d) If he is sure he wants to teach college.

2. 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) Yes, but he has a bad work history.
(d) No.

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

4. What does Rodriguez think skin color says about financial status?
(a) Light-skinned people need to work less and get outside more.
(b) Dark-skinned people are poor.
(c) Dark-skinned people are rich.
(d) Light-skinned people are poor.

5. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez realize about education?
(a) It is a waste of time.
(b) It gives people a voice.
(c) It changes how people look at the world.
(d) It provides better job options.

Short Answer Questions

1. Now that he is a teacher, what does Rodriguez blame white students for?

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

3. How does Rodriguez's mother act differently in public?

4. How do Rodriguez's friends affect his religious practices?

5. What do the students say about Rodriguez?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Rodriguez decide to do about a job?

9. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"? In spite of his secretive behavior, what does Rodriguez believe she knows?

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

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