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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. Who are the "curious people"?
2. What effect does being a policeman have inside a courtroom?
3. What comment does Julio Menjivar hear from the police officers who are passing by the looting scene?
4. How much fine does Julio Menjivar have to pay as a result of his arrest?
5. What specific skills is Oh concerned about; one that his father can no longer perform?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Betye Saar's impression of the events on the day of the verdict.
2. How does Gladis Sibrian look at the riots that happened after the Rodney King trial?
3. What is a "deadeye"? Is Owen Smet a deadeye? Briefly discuss his collection of guns.
4. 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?
5. Describe Daryl Gates' popularity ratings. How is it affected by the riots? What is it before, and what is it after the riots? What is the cause of the change? How does he feel about it?
6. Why does Twilight Bey stay up all night? Why do people call him "twilight"?
7. Describe the thoughts running through the head of one particular female student from the University of Southern California.
8. Describe Elvira Evers' story. How is she affected by the events surrounding the Rodney King trial?
9. Discuss the story of Jonathan Jackson and its significance in the story.
10. Describe the changes that took place in the Beverly Hills Gun Club after the riots.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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.
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