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. 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

A young female student from the University of California describes her ordeal at the time the riots broke. She describes how fearful she was for her safety and ironically, she discussed how fearful she was for her father's car. What can be deduced about this young student's personality based on the thoughts that are running through her head? Paint a profile of this young student and her position on racism. Specify which instances and statements illustrate her personality.

Essay Topic 2

"Choke holds" was a topic that was discussed in the story. One of the theories offered that cases against police officers would increase because of choke holds being eliminated, which would then result in uncontrolled violence among police officers. Is this theory valid? Does it say, then, that the police cannot determine for themselves what is acceptable and what is considered abusive? Are choke holds a limitation, or an opportunity/justification for violence?

Essay Topic 3

Rudy Salas Sr. refers to his feelings of racism as "insanity". Is it really some form of insanity, and if so, what is it? Is it paranoia, dementia, phobia, addiction, mania, depression, or some other type? Doesn't the fact that he can look at it from an objective manner indicate that he is rational about it? Why does he want to call it insanity, then? Is it just a convenient excuse to act the way he does? Are there many others like him in the story? Describe these other characters briefly.

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