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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 tell his mother about talking to strangers?
2. How does Rodriguez's mother act differently in public?
3. According to Rodriguez's family, what is wrong with Richard?
4. What example does Rodriguez offer of a program that can help minority students?
5. When a student complains that he is being kept out of law school, what does Rodriguez do?
Short Essay Questions
1. As more minority students attend college, what does Rodriguez notice about their relationship to their culture? Give specific examples.
2. How does Rodriguez overcome his attitudes about dark skin? Give two specific examples.
3. How does Rodriguez describe the change in the Catholic Church that happens as he grows up?
4. What does Rodriguez learn from working with the construction workers? Give two specific examples.
5. What conversation does Rodriguez have with a colleague about teaching positions? What decision does Rodriguez make as a result of that conversation?
6. What does Rodriguez's mother tell him about writing about their family? What does his editor tell him?
7. What does Rodriguez think about the current system of affirmative action? Give two examples he uses to support his argument.
8. 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?
9. What are Rodriguez's parents' ideas about masculine and feminine characteristics? How does that affect Rodriguez?
10. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Rodriguez tells his mother that there are some things it is easier to discuss with a stranger than with a family member.
Part One: What specific things do you think Rodriguez would rather discuss with a stranger than with his family members?
Part Two: Do you agree with his statement? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Part One: What does Rodriguez argue about affirmative action? Explain his argument thoroughly and give specific examples that he uses to support his argument.
Part Two: Do you agree with his arguments? Why or why not? Provide your own examples to support your argument.
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