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

2. What does Denny plan to put up in his own house someday to remember the people who have saved him?

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

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

5. What image does Anonymous Man project when he moves to the valley?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Mrs. Young-soon Han describe the injustices suffered by the Korean immigrants?

7. Describe Elaine Brown's stand on guns.

8. Describe Elaine Young's experience during the riots. Why does she frequent the hotel lounges?

9. Who is Gladis Sibrian? How do people react to her efforts?

10. Describe the scene in Julio Menjivar's neighborhood when the National Guard arrived.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Summarize the story of Rodney King: his experiences, his trials, the verdict. What events lead to the eventual big milestone that affects a lot of people? Describe the effects his trial had on his family and on the nation.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Racism can be felt by anyone, colored or not. Is there any similarity between the discrimination a white person feels towards a colored one in a situation such as the one claimed by the African-American characters in the book, and vice versa, such as the one Rudy Salas, Jr. claims he receives? What are the similarities and differences between the two kinds of discrimination? Are the effects the same, to the person and to those he or she discriminates against?

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