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 Jason Sanford, who are "they"?

2. According to the Anonymous Man, what has changed between older and younger gang members?

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

4. According to Cornel West, what difference do black men have over black women, which therefore makes them heroes?

5. Why is Josie Morales never called to testify for the trial of Rodney King?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe John, Murika, and Judith Tur's stories in relation to the beatings. What do they witness and how do they feel about the events they have witnessed?

4. What does "lightning but no rain" refer to?

5. Explain Hami Bhabha's theory on twilight.

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

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

9. Describe Peter Sellars' comparison of his father and the United States. How are they alike, according to him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Racism can be felt by anyone, colored or not. Is there any similarity between the discrimination a white person feels towards a colored one in a situation such as the one claimed by the African-American characters in the book, and vice versa, such as the one Rudy Salas, Jr. claims he receives? What are the similarities and differences between the two kinds of discrimination? Are the effects the same, to the person and to those he or she discriminates against?

Essay Topic 3

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"?

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