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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. Where does Rodriguez feel comfortable? Why?

3. What does Rodriguez have to face in order to write the book?

4. How does Rodriguez feel about writing a book on his family?

5. What has happened to Rodriguez's classmate who applied for the same type of teaching jobs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Rodriguez feel about white students' attitudes toward affirmative action?

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

5. What are Rodriguez's parents' ideas about masculine and feminine characteristics? How does that affect Rodriguez?

6. How does Rodriguez overcome his attitudes about dark skin? Give two specific examples.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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'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 describes a period in his life when he has very low self-esteem.

Part One: Why does he have low self-esteem? What parts of himself does he feel badly about?

Part Two: What happens in his life that makes him feel worse about those things?

Part Three: What happens in his life that makes him feel better about those things? Where does he go or who does he talk to?

Part Four: In your opinion, how much of Rodriguez's low self-esteem is just typical adolescent worrying about self-image? How much of it is a result of his specific situation and the people around him?

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