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

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

3. What has happened to Rodriguez's classmate who applied for the same type of teaching jobs?

4. How do Rodriguez's friends affect his religious practices?

5. According to Rodriguez, what did some sympathetic professors do for black students who were struggling?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 claims that it is his education that made him successful. That is the reason he is writing this history of his education.

Part One: Find examples that prove his point. How is the person he is today a result of getting a good education?

Part Two: Find examples that disprove his point. What other advantages does he have (for example, where he lives, people he knows, personal characteristics) that could have led him to be successful even without a great education?

Part Three: Decide for yourself -- did Rodriguez's education make him successful? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

Rodriguez's attitude about complexion was affected by the "Black is Beautiful" movement. This movement preached that people should accept themselves for who they are rather than trying to match a specific idealized image. At that time, the idealized image was inevitably the image of a white person, which made it difficult for non-whites to see themselves as beautiful.

Part One: What was Rodriguez's attitude about his complexion as a child? What did the people around him say about his complexion?

Part Two: Besides the "Black is Beautiful" movement, what other things changed Rodriguez's attitude about his complexion? How did his attitude change? What do the people around him say about his skin color now that he is an adult?

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