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 describe his life as a child?

2. What is Rodriguez taught about marrying someone of a different religion?

3. How does Rodriguez get involved in his church?

4. Is Rodriguez's education affected by his religion? If so, how?

5. Once the family has shifted to speaking English, how does Rodriguez feel when he hears families speaking Spanish?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Rodriguez describe himself as a student?

8. How does Rodriguez feel about his education?

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

10. Why does Rodriguez say he spent so many years in the classroom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez spends a lot of time analyzing his education and how it affected him.

Part One: What lessons can a minority student draw from his story? What lessons can any student draw from his story?

Part Two: What lessons can the parent of a minority student draw from his story? What lessons can the parent of any student draw from his story?

Part Three: What lessons can the teachers of minority students draw from his story? What lessons can any teacher draw from his story?

Based on that, to what group(s) of people would you recommend this book? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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