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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the female student thinking of at the time of the riots?
2. Who is with Betye Saar on the day the verdict is handed out?
3. Where do Paula Weinstein and her husband Mark call a press conference on the day the verdict comes down?
4. How does Twilight Bey describe himself?
5. How should readers react to twilight, as recommended by Hami Bhabha?
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
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
Reginald Denny beautifully describes how he is able to see beauty in the midst of all the ugliness around him. Considering that he was painfully involved in the trials, it is very remarkable that he should behave and react that way after everything that happened. What does Denny have that the others don't, which makes him react and cope this way? Is his form of coping a sign of submission, acceptance, or of moving on? Is it healthy and is it ideal? Are there any lessons in Denny's story that can be considered a best practice by others?
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