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

2. Who was informed of the assassination of Martin Luther King at the start of Chapter 4?

3. What did Rachel successfully do in August 1967?

4. What extra curricular activity did Colin Diver do that Chapter 1 says opened the door to the best jobs?

5. How did Colin Diver avoid the draft?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Colin and Joan, in Chapter 22?

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

3. What statement did the Cardinal make that caused an uproar?

4. What did Rachel see at the meeting she attended, in Chapter 16?

5. What did Danny try to get his mother out of?

6. Who was unhappy with the situation at Bancroft School?

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

8. What happened to Rachel?

9. Where does Alice McGoff's family come from, according to Chapter 6?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Louise Day Hicks was well known for her dealings with school segregation and even claimed that Boston schools were not segregated. Discuss who Louise Day Hicks was and her involvement in the Boston School Committee. Examine popular opinion of Louise Day Hicks during the 1960s and conclude whether people's opinions of her were true. Use the text and secondary sources to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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