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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. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what does Rodriguez realize about education?

2. How does Rodriguez describe the 1960s student?

3. What does Rodriguez think about his ability to succeed with women?

4. Based on her behavior, who does Rodriguez's mother consider part of the "gringos"?

5. How does Rodriguez say that the white students react to affirmative action?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As more minority students attend college, what does Rodriguez notice about their relationship to their culture? Give specific examples.

3. What kind of social life does Rodriguez have? Does he have lots of friends and girlfriends?

4. 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?

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

6. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"? In spite of his secretive behavior, what does Rodriguez believe she knows?

7. How do Rodriguez's ideas about religion change as he grows up? How does his practice of religion change?

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

9. As a teacher, how does Rodriguez interact with these other minority students? Why does he act that way?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many books written by minority authors identify the discrimination, challenges, and disadvantages faced by people of that minority group or culture. Rodriguez does acknowledge some of those things, but for the most part, his story is remarkably positive about ethnicity. In some cases, he actually identifies his ethnicity as a benefit or an advantage.

Part One: Identify at least two places in the book where Rodriguez identifies some element of his ethnicity as an advantage rather than a disadvantage.

Part Two: As a reader, what do you think about his handling of the ethnicity issue? Is he making things sound better than they really are? Do you think other writers might make things sound worse than they really are?

Part Three: Which approach would you rather read? Do you think your opinion has anything to do with your ethnicity or your life experience?

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

Would it have been better for Rodriguez to attend a non-Catholic school when he was younger? Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

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