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 the family's communication change as the children learn more English?

2. How do Rodriguez's parents respond when he wants to go to Stanford?

3. What does Rodriguez do in Aria, Chapter 2, that gives him the confidence to speak up in class?

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

5. Did Rodriguez's brother and sister tell him what to expect at school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Rodriguez's initial attitude about reading? What happens to him because of that attitude? What do his parents think about reading?

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

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

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

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

8. Why does the Rodriguez family tease Richard? What do they call him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez tells his mother that there are some things it is easier to discuss with a stranger than with a family member.

Part One: What specific things do you think Rodriguez would rather discuss with a stranger than with his family members?

Part Two: Do you agree with his statement? Why or why not?

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

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?

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