The Revolt of the Cockroach People Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How do the leaders find a way into the church?

The Chicano militants try to get into the church only to find their way blocked by a thick, glass soundproof door and an usher on the other side mouthing the words "no more room." Eventually, several leaders break into the basement and find their way into the hallway.

2. How does the author describe the area surrounding St. Basil's church?

The author describes the buildings as towers made of white plaster. Insurance companies with patriotic sounding names are in most buildings. He says it is here that the rich rub shoulders with washed up movie stars.

3. What does the group find when they walk into the parking lot?

When the Chicanos walk into the parking lot, they find the police dressed in riot gear waiting for them. They had expected to be allowed into the church. The police, or the pigs as Brown calls them, are seemingly daring them to make a false move.

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