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

2. How does Mike Davis describe the gang truce he has witnessed?

3. How does Angela King react whenever she talks about the beating of her nephew and of his condition?

4. How does Elvira Evers describe the looting that goes on after the Rodney King verdict?

5. What statement does Haywood make about the women he sees in the riots and the fire?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the story of Jonathan Jackson and its significance in the story.

3. 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?

4. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.

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

6. Who is Gladis Sibrian? How do people react to her efforts?

7. Describe Chung Lee, who he is, and how he was affected by the Rodney King riots.

8. What is a "Jungian Collective Unconscious"? Where is this discovered?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Are Maxine Waters' efforts productive and effective? Is there any significant change that can be attributed to her doings? Would there have been a more effective, efficient way for her to pursue the same principles? Is there anything she did wrong, and what are the best practices that can be cited from her advocacy?

Essay Topic 2

Has the book made any difference in society and in people's attitude towards the issues touched on by the book? What difference has it made? Is there a better way of presenting the stories other than what was employed in the book?

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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