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 is Jason Sanford's belief about him going out in the streets after the Rodney King verdict?

2. What reason does Katie Miller give to explain why Korean stores are burned in black neighborhoods?

3. While driving downtown, what incident does Stanley K. Sheinbaum cite as a premonition of bad things to come?

4. What effect does his encounter with the police officers in 1942 have on Salas?

5. How much fine does Julio Menjivar have to pay as a result of his arrest?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Betye Saar describe the surroundings on the night of the verdict?

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

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

4. Explain Cornel West's theory on gangsterism.

5. Describe Josie Morales' participation in the Rodney King story. How does she come to witness the beating and what is her story about it? Describe her efforts in becoming a part of the trial, and describe the results of her efforts.

6. Describe Elaine Young's experience during the riots. Why does she frequent the hotel lounges?

7. What is Bill Bradley's stand on race relations in the United States?

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

9. Describe the scene in Julio Menjivar's neighborhood when the National Guard arrived.

10. Describe Maxine Waters' reactions to the riots. What does she do, what statements does she give out, and what is her stand in general?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Rodney King responsible for the events that happened to him? Or are the events something that would have happened to him, no matter how cautious, nondescript, and submissive he was? What could he have done differently to change the course of his life?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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