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. As Rodriguez reaches the end of his education, what does he have to confront?

2. What does Rodriguez say education does to the scholarship boy?

3. How does Rodriguez describe the sound of English?

4. What religion does Rodriguez's family practice?

5. Does Rodriguez believe that not speaking English well has consequences for his parents?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Rodriguez discover about language and intimacy? What family member helps him to figure that out?

4. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

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

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

7. Is Rodriguez prepared for his first day of school? Why or why not?

8. How does Rodriguez view his parents' use of English?

9. What does Rodriguez say about his experience of growing up Catholic?

10. What does Rodriguez identify as the pros and cons of bilingual education?

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 talks a lot about the difference between public and private language.

Part One: How does he define the difference between public and private language? Analyze what he is saying - don't just say that his public language is English and his private language is Spanish. What really defines the differences between the two types of language?

Part Two: Do people have to be bilingual to have a private language? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your argument.

Part Three: Are there times when two characters are speaking the same language but not really communicating or understanding each other? What does that say about private and public language?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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