Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Complexion, Prologue.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When he was a child, what did his parents say he looked like?
(a) A poor Mexican man who works in the sun.
(b) A ghost.
(c) A sick child.
(d) A wealthy boy who does not work.

2. What does Rodriguez think about how the meaning of a person's complexion has changed?
(a) Nobody pays any attention to complexion any more.
(b) People used to ignore his complexion, but now they make a big deal about it.
(c) His dark skin used to be unpopular, but now is popular.
(d) His dark skin used to be popular, but now is unpopular.

3. How does the family's use of the word "gringo" change as the children learn more English?
(a) It starts to mean "a non-Hispanic American" as opposed to the "other" or "outsider" that it used to imply.
(b) The children do not like their parents to use that word any more.
(c) They use it to compliment each other on how well they speak English.
(d) They stop saying it because they no longer use Spanish words.

4. As Rodriguez and his siblings learn more English, what happens to their family?
(a) The children start disobeying their parents.
(b) The family loses some of its closeness.
(c) The parents depend on the children to do the talking in public.
(d) The family grows closer together.

5. As an adult, what do people think his complexion says about him?
(a) That he spends a lot of time indoors.
(b) That he is rich and lives a life of luxury.
(c) That he is unhealthy.
(d) That he is poor and works in the sun all day.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rodriguez's father change as the family starts to speak English more?

2. Rodriguez has acknowledged that his relationship with his family changed as he became more educated. What does he say about how that affected his success?

3. How does a scholarship boy form his own ideas or opinions?

4. In The Achievement of Desire, Prologue, Rodriguez says that now that he is successful, people always ask him a certain question. What is it?

5. What do fellow students think of the scholarship boy?

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