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 Big Al, what could Denny have been trying to do by driving his truck down a residential street?

2. According to Katie Miller, who does the looting in the Korean stores?

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

4. What do the doctors at the hospital tell Evers?

5. Why does Josie Morales keep watching the beating of Rodney King from her apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Richard Kim's story. How is he affected by the riots and how does he behave during the ordeal?

2. Describe Stanley K. Sheinbaum's observations on the day the verdict was given.

3. Describe why Harland W. Braun was reluctant to take on the case of defending Theodore Briseno, a defendant in the Rodney King trial.

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

5. What is Bill Bradley disappointed about? How does he illustrate the source of his disappointment?

6. What does "execution style" refer to? How is it significant in the story?

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

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

9. Briefly explain the Anonymous Man's dangerous idea of an intimidation technique. What does he do to support this idea? What is the effect of this technique to his rival gangs?

10. Describe Joe Viola's experience on the day of the riots. What does he feel and how does he behave during the riots?

Essay 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

More than a few persons turned to pursuing a cause in the face of the Rodney King trials. Whether it was for the victims or the accused, many people devoted their lives into chasing a dream, or an advocacy. Are these people fanatics, or are all of them specifically passionate about the cause they participate in? Is there a common characteristic to the profile of these people?

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