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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. How does Rudy Salas, Sr. refer to his feelings of racism?
2. In what language does Chung Lee tell his story?
3. Particularly for Salas, when does he realize that gringos are his enemies?
4. According to Chris Oh, how is his father shot, based on the story he hears?
5. What is "a badge of courage" as referred to in the story?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Elaine Young's experience during the riots. Why does she frequent the hotel lounges?
2. Describe the thoughts running through the head of one particular female student from the University of Southern California.
3. Describe Maxine Waters' unconventional methods of being heard that caused discomfort in other politicians. What are the results of her efforts?
4. What does "execution style" refer to? How is it significant in the story?
5. Tom Bradley prepared four different messages for possible release to the media. Speculate on these four messages. What could these messages be and what scenario is the particular message for?
6. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.
7. 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?
8. What does Chris Oh say about his father's condition? How does he feel?
9. Explain Hami Bhabha's theory on twilight.
10. Describe Dean Gilmour's investigations on the deaths that occurred at the time of the riots. What are the results of his investigations?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Summarize the story of Rodney King: his experiences, his trials, the verdict. What events lead to the eventual big milestone that affects a lot of people? Describe the effects his trial had on his family and on the nation.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
"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?
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