Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

Rodriguez is conflicted because the education helped him move from the lower class to the middle class, but it also distanced him from his family.

2. Does Rodriguez's family have the same level of education he does?

No, his father had only a third grade education and his mom finished high school without learning to speak English.

3. Why does Rodriguez talk about how the rich people pronounce his name?

Rodriguez sees it as a symbol of the different worlds he is part of. The rich people, who he implies are non-Mexican, pronounce it "properly," but his family pronounced it with a Spanish sound, which is reflective of their heritage and his heritage.

4. Why is Rodriguez writing this book? Identify two reasons.

Rodriguez is studying how he became the man he is today, what role his education played in that transformation, and how his education affected his relationship with his family.

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