Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose story does Elaine Brown always tell young men who are drawn to the group by its guns?

2. What particular case is Bill Bradley upset about?

3. Who does Maxine Waters call to complain about many things that are being neglected and need attention?

4. What statement does Peter Sellars give about the situation in the city?

5. Why is Harland Braun reluctant to take the case of defending an accused in the Rodney King trial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A young female student from the University of California describes her ordeal at the time the riots broke. She describes how fearful she was for her safety and ironically, she discussed how fearful she was for her father's car. What can be deduced about this young student's personality based on the thoughts that are running through her head? Paint a profile of this young student and her position on racism. Specify which instances and statements illustrate her personality.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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