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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 think of his parents' ideas on religion?
(a) They just do what the priest tells them to do.
(b) They are based on good Church teachings.
(c) They are deep and profound.
(d) They are too simple.

2. According to Rodriguez, who does affirmative action help?
(a) White college professors who feel guilty about the Civil Rights Movement.
(b) All minority students.
(c) White students who want an excuse for not getting into school.
(d) Minority students who already have some advantages.

3. How does Rodriguez describe the 1970s student?
(a) Too politically conservative.
(b) Too focused on grades to care about other people.
(c) A troublemaker.
(d) Cynical and sour about life.

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

5. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what new hobby does Rodriguez take up?
(a) Skiing.
(b) Scuba diving.
(c) Skateboarding.
(d) Long-distance running.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Rodriguez feel comfortable? Why?

2. According to Rodriguez's family, how are men supposed to be?

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

4. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?

5. What term does Rodriguez's mother ask him to explain?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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