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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 time does Tom Bradley and his staff plan to go to the media to issue a statement on their reaction to the verdict?

2. Who are the "curious people"?

3. What reassurance does the police officer give to the jurors on the bus whom he is escorting to the courthouse?

4. According to Mrs. Park, how do the police come to know Mr. Park in the Compton area?

5. What statement does Garcetti make about the credibility of police officers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What convinces Harland Braun to eventually take on the case of Theodore Briseno? Explain his analogies to the story of Pontius Pilate.

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

3. Jason Sanford believes that he would not have been beaten down if he went out on the streets after the Rodney King verdict because of how he looks. Give a possible description of Jason Sanford's looks, which makes him quite likable by the police.

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

5. 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?

6. Explain Cornel West's theory on gangsterism.

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

8. Describe Walter Park's story and how the section was named "Kinda Lovely". Is it appropriate for the story being told at any give time?

9. How can twilight be used, according to Hami Bhabha?

10. How does the Hollywood agent feel when the verdict comes out? How does he describe the scenes he witnesses?

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

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 3

Stanley K. Sheinbaum discusses the "premonitions" he has encountered during the day the riots erupted. Are these indicators (premonitions) common among the characters in the story? Do these characters interpret these premonitions in the same way, or does it vary according to race or occupation? Cite specific examples/statements in the story to support the answer.

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