Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

J. Anthony Lukas
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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 Chapter 11 say the South End once was?

2. What position did Colin formulate after taking on more responsibilities at the Boston City Hall?

3. When did Owen Kirk move to Roodstown, according to Chapter 6?

4. What gang was Alice McGoff's son Danny a part of?

5. What area did Colin live in?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Colin Diver, according to Chapter 1 of Common Ground?

2. What projects did Colin work on, in Chapter 13, and how did Colin compare himself with the Boston mayor?

3. Where was Alice McGoff working, at the start of Chapter 19?

4. Who was informed of the King assassination, at the start of Chapter 4?

5. What was the decision released on June 21, 1974?

6. Why were people buying property in the South End area?

7. What was Joan Diver's son assigned to, in Chapter 18?

8. What difference was there between Alice and her family and friends?

9. What formed in Charlestown during Alice McGoff's childhood, in Chapter 10?

10. What was published on the front page of the newspaper on October 9, 1975?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Lukas focuses on the politics of the time, particularly in regards to the Kennedy family, who were extremely influential in Boston. Students should examine the influence that the Kennedy family had on Boston at the time and discuss the significance of Lukas's decision to include this in Common Ground. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Judge Garrity made the decision about the Morgan versus Hennigan case. Students should examine the case, the hearings, his decision, as well as the program formulated to deal with the segregation. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

Project 76 was at Charlestown High, but the senior trip was canceled because of a teacher gambling away the money. Students actually believed that the reason was busing. Examine the ramifications of the truth not being revealed, for the students, teachers, and the community as a whole. Use the text to support your discussion.

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