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 Mrs. Park, how long ago does Mr. Park come to the United States?

2. How does Mrs. Park describe her ordeal during Mr. Park's hospitalization?

3. On the day of the verdict, how many versions does Tom Bradley prepare for his statement to the press?

4. Who arrives at the scene of the looting, and also eventually harms Julio Menjivar?

5. Why does Evers go to the hospital immediately after she walks home from work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the riot which changed Michael Zinzun's life for good. What are the changes brought about by this riot?

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

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

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

5. Describe Josie Morales' participation in the Rodney King story. How does she come to witness the beating and what is her story about it? Describe her efforts in becoming a part of the trial, and describe the results of her efforts.

6. How does Otis Chandler look at money as an instrument for change?

7. Briefly explain Gil Garcetti's theory about the magic that surrounds police officers.

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

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

10. Describe the thoughts running through the head of one particular female student from the University of Southern California.

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

Josie Morales narrates her story on how she prepared herself to be a witness in the trials, and how she did her part in making sure that she got called for the trial. She did not become a witness to the trials, however. Her story seems to imply that there is foul play going on. Is there anything in the book that also reeks of foul play? Is there enough evidence, or statements, from the book to conclude that, indeed, Rodney King's trial is full of foul play? Cite specific examples/statements from the story to support the answer.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Big Al's point of view and where his opinions and beliefs are coming from. Is there validity in his opinions? He says that there is nothing new about the Rodney King beating. Is this a sign of bitterness or of acceptance? What stand does he have regarding the Rodney King trials?

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