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. What does the person who came up to Claudette do?

2. Where is Claudette born?

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

4. What did the Montgomery Circuit Court adjudicate about Claudette's conviction?

5. What does Fred Gray urge?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Nesbitt teach Claudette about black history?

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

3. Who was Jo Ann Robinson, how did she work for blacks, and how did she feel about Claudette's action?

4. How was riding the bus rules set up for black or white persons?

5. What did the police officers say to Claudette in the patrol car?

6. Where was Claudette taken by the officers and what did she do?

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

8. With whom did Claudette go to live when she was a baby and what did she call them?

9. Why did Claudette decide to rebel and why wouldn't the white woman sit down?

10. What did Claudette find out about her intelligence in school, why wasn't she popular and what did she think about the way blacks perceived themselves?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Claudette had great courage but was not properly recognized for it. It was Claudette who first fought the segregation laws, and it was Claudette who suffered having a blemish on her criminal record that would keep her from getting many ordinary jobs after high school. Claudette endures the taunting and hatred of her classmates who did not want to suffer for their rights as she did. But Claudette remained strong despite it all.

1. What do you think is the definition of courage? What are the ways in which Claudette showed her courage? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Claudette's classmates gave her such a difficult time? Do you think they felt guilty? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss the reasons you think Claudette stood up for her rights on the bus. Do you think she did it for the recognition? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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