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. What theory does the scholar Cornel West give on gangsterism?

2. According to Reginald Denny, why do people become upset whenever he gets his truck off the freeway?

3. What is "a badge of courage" as referred to in the story?

4. In what language does Chung Lee tell his story?

5. According to Theresa Allison, what event prompts her to start the Mothers Reclaiming Our Children (Mothers ROC) group?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Discuss Twilight Bey's observations during the night.

3. Describe Paul Parker's crusade. What drives him to pursue this crusade?

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

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

6. Describe the Reverend Tom Choi's experience during his ministry at the Westwood Presbyterian Church. What does he discover for himself?

7. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.

8. Describe the riot which changed Michael Zinzun's life for good. What are the changes brought about by this riot?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elvira Evers has a very interesting story about how her baby came to be born. How does the book paint Elvira Evers based on the descriptions and the situations cited? Is she religious, bitter, or brave? What can be deduced of Elvira Evers' personality based on the book?

Essay Topic 2

"Choke holds" was a topic that was discussed in the story. One of the theories offered that cases against police officers would increase because of choke holds being eliminated, which would then result in uncontrolled violence among police officers. Is this theory valid? Does it say, then, that the police cannot determine for themselves what is acceptable and what is considered abusive? Are choke holds a limitation, or an opportunity/justification for violence?

Essay Topic 3

Has the book made any difference in society and in people's attitude towards the issues touched on by the book? What difference has it made? Is there a better way of presenting the stories other than what was employed in the book?

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