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

2. When he graduates, where does Rodriguez live?

3. Why does Rodriguez say he is writing this book?

4. What is Rodriguez told when he asks questions about the church?

5. In Aria, Chapter 3, why does Rodriguez's family tease him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Rodriguez's family continues to speak to him in Spanish. What does that suggest about what they think about the value of Spanish?

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

3. What do other people think of the "scholarship boy"?

4. How does Rodriguez describe each language (Spanish and English) differently?

5. What is special or different about the school Rodriguez attends? How does that affect him later in life?

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

7. How does Rodriguez feel about bilingual education?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez focuses heavily on sound, particularly the sound of English versus the sound of Spanish.

Part One: How does he describe the sound of each language? Do his descriptions change as he learns more English? If so, how?

Part Two: How does he describe the sound of specific characters speaking in each language (for example, his mother speaking English versus his mother speaking Spanish)? What does that description tell you about the character? about the language?

Part Three: Rodriguez includes Spanish words throughout the text. When does he use Spanish words? Why does he use those instead of just translating them into English?

Essay Topic 2

Would it have been better for Rodriguez to attend a non-Catholic school when he was younger? Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Rodriguez clearly sees books as something powerful and potentially dangerous. Early on in the book, Rodriguez describes himself as being afraid to learn to read because he was aware of the power of books. Later, he describes his mother asking him what was in all those books and why he needed to read all of them. At the end of the book, he describes his nephew, who is reading, as someone who may cause trouble.

Part One: What has happened in his life to lead him to that conclusion? Give specific examples.

Part Two: Do you think other people in the book would agree with his conclusion? Why or why not? Give specific examples.

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