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

J. Anthony Lukas
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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 school did Rachel Twymon send her younger children to?

2. For whom did Colin work, at the start of Chapter 13?

3. Who did Bernie Kirk marry, according to Chapter 6?

4. What does Chapter 13 say about Colin's expectations of what government could and couldn't do in the area of social justice?

5. How did Colin Diver avoid the draft?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Rachel Twymon do in August 1967, according to Chapter 12?

2. What happened to Rachel Twymon, in Chapter 2?

3. Who lived at the Bunker Hill housing project, according to Chapter 3?

4. When did Rachel first meet King?

5. How did the Boston School Committee react to a case study?

6. In Chapter 14, what judge was assigned to the civil rights case, Morgan v Hennigan?

7. Who was Dr. John McKechnie, according to Chapter 7?

8. What did Bernie Kirk feel about the Kennedy family?

9. What did Rachel help found after moving to Methunion Manor?

10. Which of Alice McGoff's family members immigrated to Boston, returned to Ireland, and then went back to Boston?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Boston School Committee rejected the report that showed there was a racial imbalance in the Boston schools. Discuss what the state study showed, the reasons behind segregation, and examine de facto segregation. Use the text and secondary sources to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Lukas emphasizes the genealogy of the families he covers in Common Ground. Students should discuss the importance of genealogy in Common Ground and why Lukas thought it was significant or influential on the individuals and families. Use the text and secondary sources to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the draft for the Vietnam War and how it affected Colin Diver in Common Ground. Students should focus on how men avoided the draft and thoughts of the public on the Vietnam War. Use the text to support your discussion.

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