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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 statement does Tom Bradley eventually make when the verdict is announced?

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

3. What action plan do the upper middle class in the Beverly Hills restaurant talk about in relation to the riots?

4. What does Walter Park talk about during the interview?

5. Particularly for Salas, when does he realize that gringos are his enemies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a "deadeye"? Is Owen Smet a deadeye? Briefly discuss his collection of guns.

2. Describe the way Reginald Denny feels about everything that happened to him. What does he remember the most about all of his ordeals?

3. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.

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

5. Explain Cornel West's theory on gangsterism.

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

7. 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?

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

9. Describe Katie Miller's stand on the looting and the looters in general.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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"?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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