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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. There was once a demonstration of 850 people, including Spanish and white people. What is the event that precedes the demonstration?

2. How does Richard Kim describe the looting?

3. According to Katie Miller, who does the looting in the Korean stores?

4. According to Oh, what significant function does the frontal lobe of the brain perform?

5. What particular incident makes Viola go into shock?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe Daryl Gates' popularity ratings. How is it affected by the riots? What is it before, and what is it after the riots? What is the cause of the change? How does he feel about it?

3. Describe Big Al's stand on the events surrounding Reginald Denny's beating.

4. Describe Walter Park's story and how the section was named "Kinda Lovely". Is it appropriate for the story being told at any give time?

5. Describe Mrs. Young-soon Han's realizations about the events surrounding the Rodney King trial. Do her feelings towards America change before and after the trial? What changes happen?

6. Explain Hami Bhabha's theory on twilight.

7. 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.

8. How does Gladis Sibrian look at the riots that happened after the Rodney King trial?

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

10. Describe the changes that took place in the Beverly Hills Gun Club after the riots.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stanley K. Sheinbaum discusses the "premonitions" he has encountered during the day the riots erupted. Are these indicators (premonitions) common among the characters in the story? Do these characters interpret these premonitions in the same way, or does it vary according to race or occupation? Cite specific examples/statements in the story to support the answer.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Big Al's point of view and where his opinions and beliefs are coming from. Is there validity in his opinions? He says that there is nothing new about the Rodney King beating. Is this a sign of bitterness or of acceptance? What stand does he have regarding the Rodney King trials?

Essay Topic 3

In the story, people have differing views on how to cope with violence and police abuse. Some spouses counter violence, while some turn towards a certain advocacy or cause. Is a certain methodology employed by a specific group or sector? For the student, which group or sector coped better, and using what method? What is the definition of "better"?

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