Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To what movie does the anonymous Hollywood agent compare the scene he sees in the garage with many people running?

2. Who is shot during the looting of Richard Kim's appliance store?

3. How does Mike Davis describe the gang truce he has witnessed?

4. What comment does Julio Menjivar hear from the police officers who are passing by the looting scene?

5. According to Big Al, what could Denny have been trying to do by driving his truck down a residential street?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Hami Bhabha's theory on twilight.

2. What does Chris Oh say about his father's condition? How does he feel?

3. Describe Elvira Evers' story. How is she affected by the events surrounding the Rodney King trial?

4. Why does Twilight Bey stay up all night? Why do people call him "twilight"?

5. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.

6. How does the Hollywood agent feel when the verdict comes out? How does he describe the scenes he witnesses?

7. What is a "Jungian Collective Unconscious"? Where is this discovered?

8. How does Otis Chandler look at money as an instrument for change?

9. Describe Stanley K. Sheinbaum's observations on the day the verdict was given.

10. How does Mike Davis describe the changes he has seen in California since his childhood? How are these changes connected to the youth in general?

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

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 3

The Rodney King story affected the whole nation. Is it something that happened because of the timing, i.e. even if it was not Rodney King there would have been some other event that would have resulted in the same outrage and riots, meaning to imply that society at that time was ripe for a disturbance? Or is it unique to the issue, which would have resulted in the same results even in a different time?

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