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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. Is Rodriguez's classmate as good a student as Rodriguez is?
2. What do the Hispanic college students ask Rodriguez to do?
3. Why does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"?
4. Based on her behavior, who does Rodriguez's mother consider part of the "gringos"?
5. At what stage in their academic career does Rodriguez believe students need help?
Short Essay Questions
1. As a child, what does Rodriguez learn about dark skin?
2. How does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"? How does he feel about it? Give specific reasons why he feels that way.
3. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?
4. Rodriguez looks at the students of the 1960s and 1970s from a teacher's perspective. What does he see as the difference between them?
5. What does Rodriguez's mother tell him about writing about their family? What does his editor tell him?
6. How do people respond to Rodriguez's skin color when he is younger?
7. As more minority students attend college, what does Rodriguez notice about their relationship to their culture? Give specific examples.
8. How do Rodriguez's ideas about religion change as he grows up? How does his practice of religion change?
9. What does Rodriguez think about the current system of affirmative action? Give two examples he uses to support his argument.
10. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"? In spite of his secretive behavior, what does Rodriguez believe she knows?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Rodriguez spends a lot of time analyzing his education and how it affected him.
Part One: What lessons can a minority student draw from his story? What lessons can any student draw from his story?
Part Two: What lessons can the parent of a minority student draw from his story? What lessons can the parent of any student draw from his story?
Part Three: What lessons can the teachers of minority students draw from his story? What lessons can any teacher draw from his story?
Based on that, to what group(s) of people would you recommend this book? Why?
Essay Topic 2
Rodriguez's attitude about complexion was affected by the "Black is Beautiful" movement. This movement preached that people should accept themselves for who they are rather than trying to match a specific idealized image. At that time, the idealized image was inevitably the image of a white person, which made it difficult for non-whites to see themselves as beautiful.
Part One: What was Rodriguez's attitude about his complexion as a child? What did the people around him say about his complexion?
Part Two: Besides the "Black is Beautiful" movement, what other things changed Rodriguez's attitude about his complexion? How did his attitude change? What do the people around him say about his skin color now that he is an adult?
Essay Topic 3
Rodriguez is told that men behave in one way and women behave in another way. He is embarrassed because based on those standards, he acts more like a woman than a man.
Part One: How does Rodriguez's family define male and female behavior? Why do you think they have those opinions?
Part Two: Do the characters in the book follow those guidelines for male and female behavior? What happens to characters who do not follow the guidelines? What happens to characters who do follow the guidelines? What is Rodriguez saying about gender roles?
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