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 is Rodriguez told about reading the Bible?

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

3. How does Rodriguez's mother react to his educational accomplishments?

4. How does Rodriguez think the church treats his parents?

5. What does Rodriguez see as the value of a book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What conflicting messages does Rodriguez's father give him about getting an education?

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

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

4. What does Rodriguez suggest education does to the scholarship boy? Why does he say that?

5. How does learning to speak English change Rodriguez's mother? His father?

6. Beyond the simple accomplishment of learning another language, what importance does Rodriguez place on learning English?

7. What does Rodriguez identify as the symbol of how these two versions of Catholicism intersect in his life?

8. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

9. How does Rodriguez respond when people ask him how he was successful in school? Is his answer completely honest? Why or why not?

10. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez claims that it is his education that made him successful. That is the reason he is writing this history of his education.

Part One: Find examples that prove his point. How is the person he is today a result of getting a good education?

Part Two: Find examples that disprove his point. What other advantages does he have (for example, where he lives, people he knows, personal characteristics) that could have led him to be successful even without a great education?

Part Three: Decide for yourself -- did Rodriguez's education make him successful? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

Part One: Compare and contrast Rodriguez's childhood view of religion and his adult view of religion.

Part Two: Rodriguez acknowledges that the church itself changed some of its practices as he grew up. What effect did that have on his decision to stay Catholic? Did it encourage him to re-evaluate his religious beliefs and practices?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Rodriguez's parents, focusing on the following areas:

1) Their education

2) Their attitudes toward the "public" world

3) Their attitudes toward Richard and his education

If Rodriguez was going to try to talk to one of them about the loneliness and distance he feels from them, which one should he pick? Why?

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