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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 is Rodriguez aware of when he visits his rich friends?
(a) His friends are fascinated by his skin color.
(b) His friends treat him differently because of his skin color.
(c) There are dark-skinned servants, but he is a friend, not a servant.
(d) His friends talk about skin color differently than his family does.

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

3. What does Rodriguez think about his ability to succeed with women?
(a) He will attract a lot of women because he is "exotic."
(b) He can only flirt with dark-skinned women.
(c) He will succeed because he has such a beautiful "tan."
(d) He will fail because his skin color makes him ugly.

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

5. What does Rodriguez think about how the meaning of a person's complexion has changed?
(a) People used to ignore his complexion, but now they make a big deal about it.
(b) His dark skin used to be unpopular, but now is popular.
(c) Nobody pays any attention to complexion any more.
(d) His dark skin used to be popular, but now is unpopular.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Rodriguez, what did some sympathetic professors do for black students who were struggling?

2. When Rodriguez gets a summer job during college , what does it teach him about "real work"?

3. What does Rodriguez finally decide about affirmative action?

4. What new academic field do these minority college students ask for?

5. When he is a child, what do people say about Rodriguez's complexion?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Rodriguez think about the current system of affirmative action? Give two examples he uses to support his argument.

6. 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?

7. As a child, what does Rodriguez learn about dark skin?

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

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

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

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