Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Test | Lesson Plans 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 statement does Tom Bradley eventually make when the verdict is announced?

2. What theory does the scholar Cornel West give on gangsterism?

3. What action plan do the upper middle class in the Beverly Hills restaurant talk about in relation to the riots?

4. What does Walter Park talk about during the interview?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a "deadeye"? Is Owen Smet a deadeye? Briefly discuss his collection of guns.

2. Describe the way Reginald Denny feels about everything that happened to him. What does he remember the most about all of his ordeals?

3. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.

4. How does Mrs. Young-soon Han describe the injustices suffered by the Korean immigrants?

5. Explain Cornel West's theory on gangsterism.

6. Describe Maxine Waters' unconventional methods of being heard that caused discomfort in other politicians. What are the results of her efforts?

7. 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?

8. Describe the Reverend Tom Choi's experience during his ministry at the Westwood Presbyterian Church. What does he discover for himself?

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

10. Describe the sense of mission and community after the Watts riot, as narrated by Otis Chandler. What happens to it eventually? How does it relate to the Rodney King trials?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Rodney King story affected the whole nation. Is it something that happened because of the timing, i.e. even if it was not Rodney King there would have been some other event that would have resulted in the same outrage and riots, meaning to imply that society at that time was ripe for a disturbance? Or is it unique to the issue, which would have resulted in the same results even in a different time?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Some parts of the story seem to indicate that there is a certain level of acceptance and adaptation to police abuse. Is this a natural mechanism for man to adapt to something over time, even though he may not like it? Can a society survive in such a predator-prey type of environment?

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