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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 do the police come to know Mr. Park in the Compton area?

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

3. Who shoots Walter Park, according to the African-American woman in the car behind him?

4. What is Proposition F?

5. What comment does Jason Sanford usually get from the police about his looks?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.

2. Explain Hami Bhabha's theory on twilight.

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

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

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

7. Describe Paul Parker's crusade. What drives him to pursue this crusade?

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

9. What does Chris Oh say about his father's condition? How does he feel?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Briefly explain the concept of riots. What very strong emotions overcome these people who participate in the riots? Is it like an adrenaline rush? How could these people feel when the surge of emotion has passed? Are they resentful, guilty, or is there a secret sense of satisfaction at having expressed violence?

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