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 the vision in the early 1960s, according to Mike Davis?

2. What does Walter Park talk about during the interview?

3. What is the Anonymous Man's belief in shooting a person in broad daylight?

4. While driving downtown, what incident does Stanley K. Sheinbaum cite as a premonition of bad things to come?

5. How does Elvira Evers describe the looting that goes on after the Rodney King verdict?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.

3. How does Mike Davis describe the changes he has seen in California since his childhood? How are these changes connected to the youth in general?

4. What is a "Jungian Collective Unconscious"? Where is this discovered?

5. Explain Hami Bhabha's theory on twilight.

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

7. Describe the story of the anonymous juror from the Simi Valley. How is his life affected by the trials?

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

9. Discuss the story of Jonathan Jackson and its significance in the story.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Has the book made any difference in society and in people's attitude towards the issues touched on by the book? What difference has it made? Is there a better way of presenting the stories other than what was employed in the book?

Essay Topic 3

More than a few persons turned to pursuing a cause in the face of the Rodney King trials. Whether it was for the victims or the accused, many people devoted their lives into chasing a dream, or an advocacy. Are these people fanatics, or are all of them specifically passionate about the cause they participate in? Is there a common characteristic to the profile of these people?

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