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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Rodriguez think about his ability to succeed with women?
2. What term does Rodriguez's mother ask him to explain?
3. How does Rodriguez think about the old religious traditions of his childhood?
4. Why does Rodriguez's mother not understand his explanation about psychiatry?
5. When Rodriguez gets a summer job during college , what does it teach him about "real work"?
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. How do people respond to Rodriguez's skin color when he is younger?
3. Now that he is older, how do people respond to Rodriguez's skin color?
4. How do Rodriguez's ideas about religion change as he grows up? How does his practice of religion change?
5. As a child, what does Rodriguez learn about dark skin?
6. Rodriguez looks at the students of the 1960s and 1970s from a teacher's perspective. What does he see as the difference between them?
7. How does Rodriguez overcome his attitudes about dark skin? Give two specific examples.
8. What does Rodriguez learn from working with the construction workers? Give two specific examples.
9. What does Rodriguez think about the Civil Rights Movement?
10. What kind of social life does Rodriguez have? Does he have lots of friends and girlfriends?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Rodriguez says that writing is difficult and writing about his family is very difficult. When he is younger, he makes up elaborate lies about his family. As an adult, he chooses to write this book about his family, which is intended to be a realistic portrayal of his relationship with them.
Part One: If writing is difficult and he does it anyway, what does that tell you about what he has to say?
Part Two: Why is writing about his family more difficult than other types of writing? Why did he lie about his family when he was younger? Is he telling the truth about them now? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast Rodriguez's parents, focusing on the following areas:
1) Their education
2) Their attitudes toward the "public" world
3) Their attitudes toward Richard and his education
If Rodriguez was going to try to talk to one of them about the loneliness and distance he feels from them, which one should he pick? Why?
Essay Topic 3
Rodriguez identifies with a student description in a textbook, the "scholarship boy." He feels that is a good representation of how he was as a student.
Part One: Describe the scholarship boy. Identify how that type of student is seen by the teacher, by fellow classmates, and how he sees himself. Identify why Rodriguez related to that description, and use specific examples to support your answer.
Part Two: Write a brief description of the kind of student you are. Identify how that type of student is seen by the teacher, by fellow classmates, and how he/she sees himself/herself. Compare and contrast your description with that of the scholarship boy.
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