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. Why do the new minority students on campus make Rodriguez uneasy?

2. How do Rodriguez's parents see themselves in American society?

3. When Rodriguez gets a summer job during college , what does it teach him about "real work"?

4. What do the students say about Rodriguez?

5. How does Rodriguez say that the white students react to affirmative action?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"? In spite of his secretive behavior, what does Rodriguez believe she knows?

3. Rodriguez looks at the students of the 1960s and 1970s from a teacher's perspective. What does he see as the difference between them?

4. What conversation does Rodriguez have with a colleague about teaching positions? What decision does Rodriguez make as a result of that conversation?

5. 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?

6. What are Rodriguez's parents' ideas about masculine and feminine characteristics? How does that affect Rodriguez?

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

8. How does Rodriguez describe the change in the Catholic Church that happens as he grows up?

9. How does Rodriguez use the label "minority student"? How does he feel about it? Give specific reasons why he feels that way.

10. What does Rodriguez think about the current system of affirmative action? Give two examples he uses to support his argument.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez identifies with a student description in a textbook, the "scholarship boy." He feels that is a good representation of how he was as a student.

Part One: Describe the scholarship boy. Identify how that type of student is seen by the teacher, by fellow classmates, and how he sees himself. Identify why Rodriguez related to that description, and use specific examples to support your answer.

Part Two: Write a brief description of the kind of student you are. Identify how that type of student is seen by the teacher, by fellow classmates, and how he/she sees himself/herself. Compare and contrast your description with that of the scholarship boy.

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

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?

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