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 does Rodriguez think about his ability to succeed with women?

2. What does Rodriguez have to do if he is going to write this book?

3. When does Rodriguez think that minority students should get help?

4. Where does Rodriguez go for his fellowship?

5. Why does Rodriguez's mother not understand his explanation about psychiatry?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As a teacher, how does Rodriguez interact with these other minority students? Why does he act that way?

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

4. 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?

5. How does Rodriguez overcome his attitudes about dark skin? Give two specific examples.

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

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

8. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

9. What does Rodriguez decide to do about a job?

10. 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?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Every book has flat and round characters. A flat character is two-dimensional, someone who serves a purpose in the book but does not seem like a living, breathing person. A round character is one who is fully developed and seems like a real person. If you read a story about a boyfriend and girlfriend eating dinner at a restaurant, the boyfriend and girlfriend will be round characters. The people at the next table or the waiter who serves them their food are probably flat characters.

Part One: Besides Richard Rodriguez, which characters in this book are round? In other words, which ones have fully developed characteristics and identities? Which ones do you feel like you really know? How big a role do these characters play in the book?

Part Two: Which characters are flat or two-dimensional? Do not try to list all of them, but pick out at least four characters that serve an important purpose, but still do not get fully developed. For example, how well developed is the priest who comes to visit? Or the group of black teenagers on the bus?

Part Three: Think as the author for a moment. Why did Rodriguez choose to make some important characters flat? Why did Rodriguez choose to make other important characters round? What does that say about the character or Rodriguez's relationship with the character?

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