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

2. What is one thing that Rodriguez says happened to black students promoted through affirmative action?

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

4. Based on his conversation with his classmate, what does Rodriguez decide?

5. Because of his skin color, what did Rodriguez's parents worry about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Rodriguez describe his mother's interaction with the public world? Give specific examples.

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

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

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

10. How do Rodriguez's ideas about religion change as he grows up? How does his practice of religion change?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Rodriguez repeatedly describes his experience of moving from a small, sheltered, or narrow world to a larger, less protected, more broad-minded world as he grows up. As he grows up, his views change on:

1) Skin color

2) Religion

3) The importance of language as a way to develop intimacy

4) Books

Choose at least two of those. Identify what Rodriguez's original opinion or idea was, what he later starts to believe, and what events in his life led him to change his perspective.

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