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. Now that he is a teacher, what does Rodriguez blame white students for?

2. What is Rodriguez's complexion like?

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

4. As he gets older, what do people tell Rodriguez about his complexion?

5. What is the main reason for Rodriguez's success?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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