The Zoot Suit Riots of 1943: History & Overview


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What is a zoot suit?

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1. What does it mean to impose a ration during War times?

2. What effect did the Sleepy Lagoon trial have on Mexican Americans attitudes towards police?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Take a few minutes to answer the questions included on this quiz/worksheet abut the zoot suit riots of 1943. To help check your comprehension, this quiz asks you what a zoot suit is, who wore them and how the Sleepy Lagoon trial stirred sentiments amongst Mexican Americans in the early 1940s.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz is designed to test you on how well you can do the following:

  • Explain what a zoot suit is
  • Detail the process of rationing during war times
  • Describe the impact of the Sleepy Lagoon trial on the attitude of Mexican Americans towards the police
  • Identify how military personnel identified Mexican Americans on the streets of Los Angeles in 1943
  • Outline the steps taken by the military to stop servicemen from going to L.A. to look for zoot-suit wearers

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related zoot suit riots of 1943 lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what a zoot suit is
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the process of rationing during war times and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

For more information about this subject, take a look at our lesson called The Zoot Suit Riots of 1943: History & Overview. Once you finish this lesson, you should be able to answer the questions on this quiz as well as:

  • Identify the two events that happened in the early 1940s that led to an increase in patriotism
  • Explain why zoot suits were seen as unpatriotic
  • Outline the role of the police during the riots