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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Achievement of Desire, Chapter 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Rodriguez's mother change as the family starts to speak English more?
(a) She helps her children learn more English.
(b) She gets upset and insists that they speak to her in Spanish.
(c) She learns more English and works hard to talk to her children.
(d) She complains about using English.

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

3. How well can Rodriguez speak English when he starts school?
(a) His English is very limited.
(b) He does not speak English at all.
(c) He speaks English pretty well.
(d) He is fluent in English and Spanish.

4. How does Rodriguez feel about his parents' English skills?
(a) He is afraid they will get in trouble because they do not speak English properly.
(b) He is troubled by their poor English skills.
(c) He thinks they do all right speaking a mix of Spanish and English.
(d) He wishes his mom would do all the talking.

5. Where does Rodriguez believe English should be spoken?
(a) In public.
(b) In private, with family or close friends.
(c) In the classroom.
(d) Everywhere.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. According to Rodriguez, what is wrong with speaking a private language in public?

3. Where does Rodriguez start school?

4. What does Rodriguez mean by "intimate utterance"?

5. How does Rodriguez explain his success to people?

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