Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is Fred Gray?

2. Why did the person do that to Claudette?

3. Why did blacks depend upon buses?

4. What did Claudette want to do after studying the constitution?

5. What made Claudette angry when she would go to downtown Montgomery?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Claudette face in the legal system and what did her family do to help her?

2. How did Claudette feel on the way home, what did her family fear and what did their Reverend say about the incident?

3. Why didn't Claudette get arrested at the first stop when a policeman came to arrest her?

4. What happened with Jeremiah Reeves that angered the black community?

5. What did Nesbitt teach Claudette about black history?

6. When was Brown v. Board of Education decided, who decided it and what did it do?

7. What did people think of Claudette, what made her curious about the whites and what was she taught about the whites?

8. Who was Geraldine Nesbitt, how was she educated and what was her influence on Claudette?

9. How did Claudette change under Nesbitt's mentoring and what did she read that made her what to help the black people?

10. What did Robinson remember and what did she begin to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Claudette notes that she started crying but maintained that sitting in that spot was her right. The two policemen then dragged her off the bus, and Claudette went limp, refusing to fight back. On the police ride, the cops ridiculed her and called her a "nigger bitch". They said they were taking her to a woman's prison in Atmore, despite the fact that she was fifteen

1. Discuss Claudette's action of going limp when the police officers pulled her off the bus in terms of pacifism and protest. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss the problems of racism in police officers. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Let's assume that the police officer degrading Claudette in the car did so out of fear. Why do you think fear can cause racism. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Claudette felt alone and hurt by Rosa Parks' accomplishments and the way the black community rallied around her. But she had to worry about other things, like being ostracized and kicked out of school and about how she would take care of her baby.

1. Why do you think Claudette felt alone and hurt? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think unwed pregnant teenagers should be kicked out of school? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think people didn't help Claudette with the baby because they thought it was wrong for her to get pregnant or because they just didn't think about it? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Rumors destroyed Claudette's reputation, though. She was also branded "unfit" to be the face of a movement.

1. Often when someone does something extraordinary others will seek to criticize or bring that person down. Why do you think people do that? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. What kind of rumors did you think people were spreading about Claudette, according to the book? Do you believe any of the accusations about her were important? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think the leaders of the movement were correct in declaring Claudette unfit to be the face of the movement? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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