Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez Test | Final 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 act differently in public?

2. As an adult, what do people think his complexion says about him?

3. What new academic field do these minority college students ask for?

4. Because of his skin color, what did Rodriguez's parents worry about?

5. What do the Hispanic college students ask Rodriguez to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Rodriguez's ideas about dark skin change as he grows up? Give specific examples.

2. As more minority students attend college, what does Rodriguez notice about their relationship to their culture? Give specific examples.

3. What does Rodriguez think about the Civil Rights Movement?

4. How does Rodriguez describe his mother's interaction with the public world? Give specific examples.

5. As a child, what does Rodriguez learn about dark skin?

6. What does Rodriguez's mother tell him about writing about their family? What does his editor tell him?

7. Now that he is older, how do people respond to Rodriguez's skin color?

8. How does Rodriguez feel about white students' attitudes toward affirmative action?

9. How does Rodriguez explain psychiatry to his mother? Does she understand? Why or why not? How does that discussion connect to his book and what he is willing to tell her about the book?

10. What kind of social life does Rodriguez have? Does he have lots of friends and girlfriends?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Many books written by minority authors identify the discrimination, challenges, and disadvantages faced by people of that minority group or culture. Rodriguez does acknowledge some of those things, but for the most part, his story is remarkably positive about ethnicity. In some cases, he actually identifies his ethnicity as a benefit or an advantage.

Part One: Identify at least two places in the book where Rodriguez identifies some element of his ethnicity as an advantage rather than a disadvantage.

Part Two: As a reader, what do you think about his handling of the ethnicity issue? Is he making things sound better than they really are? Do you think other writers might make things sound worse than they really are?

Part Three: Which approach would you rather read? Do you think your opinion has anything to do with your ethnicity or your life experience?

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