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 Delphine?

2. Who is Mr. E. D. Nixon?

3. What changed as the bus moved onward on its route?

4. How much did blacks make in relation to whites?

5. What did this practice mentioned in question 22 violate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kept blacks poor and what kind of work did most blacks do?

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

3. Where and when did Claudette grow up and what law affected her life and why?

4. What did Claudette say to the two police officers who arrested her and what did she do when they pulled her off the bus?

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

6. How did Claudette's mother find out where she was and who did she bring with her?

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

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

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

10. What happened to a black man named Brooks on a bus in Montgomery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Claudette told no one of her past. She watched Rosa Parks' fame grow and wondered if anyone remembered her. But in 1975, a Birmingham newspaper reporter, Frank Sikora, contacted her after doing library research. He wrote a story about her, and then several more stories were written after that.

1. How would you feel and what would you do if you were in Claudette's shoes? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why do you think it is important that Frank Sikora did a story on Claudette? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Defend Rosa Parks actions giving logical reasons for her to do what she did. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In 1950, sixty percent of black women in Montgomery were maids for white families and seventy-five percent of black men did unskilled labor. Blacks made half as much as whites.

1. Discuss the changes in black person's employment status from 1950 to the present. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. In India due to the caste system, a member of the untouchable caste can work only in jobs considered immoral or dirty, such as care of the dead for burial. Pretending that an untouchable is born who has the I.Q. of Einstein, discuss the human potential wasted for that person to be allowed to only collect garbage or bury the dead. Relate this idea to blacks in the 1950's being allowed only manual jobs in the south. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss how knowing one is only able to have lower class jobs would affect a child's motivation to do well in school. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Gray met with Claudette's family after the event and took notes and urged the family to consider the hazard of contesting the charges. She would be challenging Jim Crow and could suffer violence. Claudette did not hesitate and the Colvins would not back down.

1. Discuss the Jim Crow laws in relationship to Claudette's life. This may require research. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Claudette did not hesitate in her decision to challenge Jim Crow. Discuss why Claudette could be considered a heroine. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss the types of violence Claudette and her family might be facing for challenging the system. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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