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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 comment does Jason Sanford usually get from the police about his looks?

2. What statement does Big Al make about the Rodney King beating and the media attention it receives?

3. On the day of the verdict, how many versions does Tom Bradley prepare for his statement to the press?

4. At the time when the Hollywood agent is dining in one of the Beverly Hills restaurants, what building is burned, which leads to even more fear among the people?

5. What effect does his encounter with the police officers in 1942 have on Salas?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe why Harland W. Braun was reluctant to take on the case of defending Theodore Briseno, a defendant in the Rodney King trial.

2. Describe the sense of mission and community after the Watts riot, as narrated by Otis Chandler. What happens to it eventually? How does it relate to the Rodney King trials?

3. Describe the scene in Julio Menjivar's neighborhood when the National Guard arrived.

4. How does Mrs. Park describe her behavior during her husband's ordeal?

5. Describe Josie Morales' participation in the Rodney King story. How does she come to witness the beating and what is her story about it? Describe her efforts in becoming a part of the trial, and describe the results of her efforts.

6. Describe Maxine Waters' reactions to the riots. What does she do, what statements does she give out, and what is her stand in general?

7. Describe John, Murika, and Judith Tur's stories in relation to the beatings. What do they witness and how do they feel about the events they have witnessed?

8. How does Mrs. Young-soon Han describe the injustices suffered by the Korean immigrants?

9. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.

10. Describe Betye Saar's impression of the events on the day of the verdict.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Rodney King responsible for the events that happened to him? Or are the events something that would have happened to him, no matter how cautious, nondescript, and submissive he was? What could he have done differently to change the course of his life?

Essay Topic 2

A young female student from the University of California describes her ordeal at the time the riots broke. She describes how fearful she was for her safety and ironically, she discussed how fearful she was for her father's car. What can be deduced about this young student's personality based on the thoughts that are running through her head? Paint a profile of this young student and her position on racism. Specify which instances and statements illustrate her personality.

Essay Topic 3

Racism can be felt by anyone, colored or not. Is there any similarity between the discrimination a white person feels towards a colored one in a situation such as the one claimed by the African-American characters in the book, and vice versa, such as the one Rudy Salas, Jr. claims he receives? What are the similarities and differences between the two kinds of discrimination? Are the effects the same, to the person and to those he or she discriminates against?

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