Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What religious figure was very important in his parents' old church, but becomes less important in the new church?

2. How does Rodriguez get involved in his church?

3. 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?

4. How does Rodriguez explain his success to people?

5. What does Rodriguez say he gains because of learning to speak English?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the parents' desire for a good education end up hurting their family?

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

3. Now that he is older, how do people respond to Rodriguez's skin color?

4. How does Rodriguez feel as his education comes to an end?

5. What does Rodriguez describe as the differences between Mexican Catholicism and English Catholicism? Identify two characteristics of each.

6. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

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

8. Rodriguez finds a description in THE USES OF LITERACY that reminds him of himself. What is that description?

9. What does Rodriguez say about how bilingual education affects the intersection of public and private languages?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Part One: Compare and contrast the two religions - Mexican Catholicism and English-speaking Catholicism - that Rodriguez experiences as a child.

Part Two: Which one had a more profound effect on him as he grew up?

Part Three: Does his "New Catholicism" look more like Mexican Catholicism, English-speaking Catholicism, or an equal blend of the two?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Part One: What does Rodriguez argue about affirmative action? Explain his argument thoroughly and give specific examples that he uses to support his argument.

Part Two: Do you agree with his arguments? Why or why not? Provide your own examples to support your argument.

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