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Joseph Wambaugh: Quiz


Question 1: In 1992, Wambaugh generated controversy with his nonfiction book, Echoes in the Darkness, based on the murder of Susan Reinert, a teacher in the Upper Merion School District in suburban ________.
PittsburghPhiladelphiaHarrisburg, PennsylvaniaAllentown, Pennsylvania

Question 2: Beginning with The Black Marble in 1977, Wambaugh devoted at least half of a narrative to satirical, often biting, observations of the mores and extravagances of the ________ "rich and famous" lifestyle.
Greater Los Angeles AreaLos Angeles metropolitan areaLos AngelesSouthern California

Question 3: In 1981, he won an ________ from the Mystery Writers of America for his screenplay for the latter film.
The Perfect MurderWhip HandRuth RendellEdgar Award

Question 4: Hollywood Station was highly critical of conditions caused by the federal consent decree under which the LAPD had to operate after the ________.
LAPD Rampart DivisionCommunity Resources Against Street HoodlumsLos Angeles Police DepartmentRampart scandal

Question 5: One of Wambaugh's most famous nonfiction books is The Blooding, which tells the story behind an early landmark case in which DNA fingerprinting helped solve two murders in Leicester, ________.
United KingdomScotlandWalesEngland

Question 6: Several of his first novels were set in ________ and the surrounding area, and featured Los Angeles police officers as protagonists.
Long Beach, CaliforniaSan Jose, CaliforniaGlendale, CaliforniaLos Angeles

Question 7: Interestingly, all three films featured performances by up-and-coming actor ________.
Gary SiniseJack LemmonAlan RickmanJames Woods

Question 8: In the 2000s, Wambaugh also began teaching screenwriting courses as a guest lecturer for the theater department at the ________.
University of California, Santa BarbaraUniversity of California, San DiegoUniversity of California, BerkeleyUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Question 9: Wambaugh's realistic approach to police drama was highly influential in both film and television depictions (such as ________) from the mid-70s onward.
Upstairs, DownstairsHill Street BluesL.A. LawLou Grant (TV series)

Question 10: Wambaugh received an Associate's degree from Chaffey College and joined the ________ (LAPD) in 1960.
Los Angeles Fire DepartmentLos Angeles General Services PoliceKoreatown, Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles Police Department


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