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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 happens to Chung Lee and to his family the day the Rodney King verdicts are announced?

2. What comment does Julio Menjivar hear from the police officers who are passing by the looting scene?

3. Who is Chung Lee?

4. According to Cornel West, why do gunfighters become heroes?

5. What does Joe Viola tell his wife when he recovers from all of the shock?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss Twilight Bey's observations during the night.

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the story of the anonymous juror from the Simi Valley. How is his life affected by the trials?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Koreans were prominently featured in the Rodney King story. What relevance do Koreans have that the other races in the neighborhood do not have? Is there something particular about them that is not present in the other races? Do Koreans play an important role in the Rodney King story, which prompted the author to feature them more than any other race?

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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