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. What is Rodriguez's complexion like?

2. What is the main reason for Rodriguez's success?

3. How does Rodriguez describe the 1970s student?

4. At what stage in their academic career does Rodriguez believe students need help?

5. In Complexion, Chapter 3, what new hobby does Rodriguez take up?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. How would Rodriguez change affirmative action? What examples does he offer to support his suggestion?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Rodriguez clearly sees books as something powerful and potentially dangerous. Early on in the book, Rodriguez describes himself as being afraid to learn to read because he was aware of the power of books. Later, he describes his mother asking him what was in all those books and why he needed to read all of them. At the end of the book, he describes his nephew, who is reading, as someone who may cause trouble.

Part One: What has happened in his life to lead him to that conclusion? Give specific examples.

Part Two: Do you think other people in the book would agree with his conclusion? Why or why not? Give specific examples.

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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