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. According to Oh, what significant function does the frontal lobe of the brain perform?

2. How does Rudy Salas, Sr. refer to his feelings of racism?

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

4. According to Big Al, what could Denny have been trying to do by driving his truck down a residential street?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Daryl Gates' popularity ratings. How is it affected by the riots? What is it before, and what is it after the riots? What is the cause of the change? How does he feel about it?

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

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

4. Briefly explain the Anonymous Man's dangerous idea of an intimidation technique. What does he do to support this idea? What is the effect of this technique to his rival gangs?

5. Describe the riot which changed Michael Zinzun's life for good. What are the changes brought about by this riot?

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

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

8. Describe Elvira Evers' story. How is she affected by the events surrounding the Rodney King trial?

9. Discuss Twilight Bey's observations during the night.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Rodney King story affected the whole nation. Is it something that happened because of the timing, i.e. even if it was not Rodney King there would have been some other event that would have resulted in the same outrage and riots, meaning to imply that society at that time was ripe for a disturbance? Or is it unique to the issue, which would have resulted in the same results even in a different time?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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