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. According to Rodriguez, who does affirmative action help?

2. How does Rodriguez say that the white students react to affirmative action?

3. What does Rodriguez think of his parents' ideas on religion?

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

5. Why does Rodriguez's mother call him "Mr. Secrets"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Rodriguez think about the current system of affirmative action? Give two examples he uses to support his argument.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How do Rodriguez's ideas about dark skin change as he grows up? Give specific examples.

10. How does Rodriguez handle applying for teaching positions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rodriguez identifies with a student description in a textbook, the "scholarship boy." He feels that is a good representation of how he was as a student.

Part One: Describe the scholarship boy. Identify how that type of student is seen by the teacher, by fellow classmates, and how he sees himself. Identify why Rodriguez related to that description, and use specific examples to support your answer.

Part Two: Write a brief description of the kind of student you are. Identify how that type of student is seen by the teacher, by fellow classmates, and how he/she sees himself/herself. Compare and contrast your description with that of the scholarship boy.

Essay Topic 2

Rodriguez is told that men behave in one way and women behave in another way. He is embarrassed because based on those standards, he acts more like a woman than a man.

Part One: How does Rodriguez's family define male and female behavior? Why do you think they have those opinions?

Part Two: Do the characters in the book follow those guidelines for male and female behavior? What happens to characters who do not follow the guidelines? What happens to characters who do follow the guidelines? What is Rodriguez saying about gender roles?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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