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 he is a child, what do people say about Rodriguez's complexion?

2. While he writes his book, how does Rodriguez support himself?

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

4. What comment from a professor makes Rodriguez rethink his use of the label "minority student"?

5. How do Rodriguez's parents see themselves in American society?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. What conversation does Rodriguez have with a colleague about teaching positions? What decision does Rodriguez make as a result of that conversation?

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

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

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 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 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

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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