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 are "choke holds"?

2. What happens when Captain Lane Haywood gets up on the roof to handle the fire better?

3. According to Richard Kim, what does his father tell him about the day of the verdict when they went looking for police?

4. What effect does being a policeman have inside a courtroom?

5. What specific skills is Oh concerned about; one that his father can no longer perform?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is a "deadeye"? Is Owen Smet a deadeye? Briefly discuss his collection of guns.

3. Describe Joe Viola's experience on the day of the riots. What does he feel and how does he behave during the riots?

4. Explain Hami Bhabha's theory on twilight.

5. What does "lightning but no rain" refer to?

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

7. Briefly explain Rudy Salas, Sr.'s hatred of white police. Where does it come from and what continuously fuels it?

8. How does Betye Saar describe the surroundings on the night of the verdict?

9. Describe Maxine Waters' unconventional methods of being heard that caused discomfort in other politicians. What are the results of her efforts?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Are Maxine Waters' efforts productive and effective? Is there any significant change that can be attributed to her doings? Would there have been a more effective, efficient way for her to pursue the same principles? Is there anything she did wrong, and what are the best practices that can be cited from her advocacy?

Essay Topic 2

An anonymous juror from the Simi Valley describes the ordeal he had to go through as a result of his jury duty in the Rodney King trials. What are the drivers for his actions? Is it cowardice? A need to protect his family? What could have been the best solution/compromise for this juror? Is his jury duty worth the changes that happen from the trial?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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