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 is Jason Sanford's belief about him going out in the streets after the Rodney King verdict?

2. According to Theresa Allison, what event prompts her to start the Mothers Reclaiming Our Children (Mothers ROC) group?

3. What is "a badge of courage" as referred to in the story?

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

5. What effect does his encounter with the police officers in 1942 have on Salas?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What is Bill Bradley disappointed about? How does he illustrate the source of his disappointment?

3. How does Gladis Sibrian look at the riots that happened after the Rodney King trial?

4. Describe Maxine Waters' reactions to the riots. What does she do, what statements does she give out, and what is her stand in general?

5. Describe Betye Saar's impression of the events on the day of the verdict.

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

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

8. Explain what the "Badge of Courage" is and its relevance in the Rodney King story.

9. Explain Hami Bhabha's theory on twilight.

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

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

Elvira Evers has a very interesting story about how her baby came to be born. How does the book paint Elvira Evers based on the descriptions and the situations cited? Is she religious, bitter, or brave? What can be deduced of Elvira Evers' personality based on the book?

Essay Topic 3

Some parts of the story seem to indicate that there is a certain level of acceptance and adaptation to police abuse. Is this a natural mechanism for man to adapt to something over time, even though he may not like it? Can a society survive in such a predator-prey type of environment?

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