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 do Rodriguez's parents see themselves in American society?

2. Does Rodriguez's mother blame him for what happened to their family?

3. What does Rodriguez hope writing the book will do?

4. How does Rodriguez's mother act differently in public?

5. What example does Rodriguez offer of how affirmative action can have negative consequences?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rodriguez feel about writing? How does he feel about writing about his family? How has he handled it in the past? How is he handling it now?

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

3. How do people respond to Rodriguez's skin color when he is younger?

4. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Rodriguez learn from working with the construction workers? Give two specific examples.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez is told that men behave in one way and women behave in another way. He is embarrassed because based on those standards, he acts more like a woman than a man.

Part One: How does Rodriguez's family define male and female behavior? Why do you think they have those opinions?

Part Two: Do the characters in the book follow those guidelines for male and female behavior? What happens to characters who do not follow the guidelines? What happens to characters who do follow the guidelines? What is Rodriguez saying about gender roles?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Part One: What does Rodriguez argue about affirmative action? Explain his argument thoroughly and give specific examples that he uses to support his argument.

Part Two: Do you agree with his arguments? Why or why not? Provide your own examples to support your argument.

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