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

2. What name does Angela King call her nephew, Rodney?

3. According to Richard Kim, what does his father tell him about the day of the verdict when they went looking for police?

4. What effect does being a policeman have inside a courtroom?

5. How does Mrs. Park describe her ordeal during Mr. Park's hospitalization?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Sergeant Charles Duke feels about the use of physical force by police officers.

3. Briefly explain Rudy Salas, Sr.'s hatred of white police. Where does it come from and what continuously fuels it?

4. Describe Maxine Waters' unconventional methods of being heard that caused discomfort in other politicians. What are the results of her efforts?

5. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.

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

7. How does Angela King come to be the speaker for the King family? What sustains her passion in her fight for justice?

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

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

10. Describe Richard Kim's story. How is he affected by the riots and how does he behave during the ordeal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some parts of the story seem to indicate that there is a certain level of acceptance and adaptation to police abuse. Is this a natural mechanism for man to adapt to something over time, even though he may not like it? Can a society survive in such a predator-prey type of environment?

Essay Topic 2

Koreans were prominently featured in the Rodney King story. What relevance do Koreans have that the other races in the neighborhood do not have? Is there something particular about them that is not present in the other races? Do Koreans play an important role in the Rodney King story, which prompted the author to feature them more than any other race?

Essay Topic 3

Reginald Denny beautifully describes how he is able to see beauty in the midst of all the ugliness around him. Considering that he was painfully involved in the trials, it is very remarkable that he should behave and react that way after everything that happened. What does Denny have that the others don't, which makes him react and cope this way? Is his form of coping a sign of submission, acceptance, or of moving on? Is it healthy and is it ideal? Are there any lessons in Denny's story that can be considered a best practice by others?

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