Can You Pass This Month’s Test on Homelessness?
Homeless people’s sleep is mysterious to many of the permanently housed.
Do most unsheltered people on L.A.’s West Side sleep soundly each night? Or do many of them walk the streets when it’s dark, sleeping momentarily at various times, and catnap during the day? We’ll explore questions like these in this month’s Quick Quiz.
As always, our brainteasers have a dual purpose. First, after pondering each item, we want you to gain insight into local homelessness. Second, we want you to have fun as you learn.
So, with that in mind, let’s see how you do with this month’s quiz about local homeless people and sleep. Choose the best response for each item.
1. Which statement is generally true about west L.A. County homeless people?
A. They have little to do during the day, so they have minimal need for sleep.
B. They suffer multiple effects of sleep deprivation.
C. Women adjust more quickly than men to sleeping outside on cold surfaces.
D. Most could afford nightly motel stays if they didn’t buy drugs and alcohol.
2. Which is not a serious concern of unsheltered people who sleep outside?
A. Cold, dirty, hard surfaces.
B. Personal safety plus the security of personal property.
C. Local laws that prohibit sleeping in public.
D. Damp night air that causes discomfort, hinders healing and ruins personal belongings.
3. Most local homeless people usually stay awake late into the night.
4. Bed sheets, pillows and lightweight bed comforters:
A. Are of little use to people who sleep on the streets; these items are bulky, hard to transport and are easily damaged by moisture.
B. Are inferior to sleeping bags and army-type wool blankets for people who sleep on West Side streets.
C. Are frequently offered to West Side Homeless Outreach, but we can accept only a few of them.
D. All of the above are correct.
5. Homeless people who sleep in small groups usually find that:
A. They enjoy a more peaceful sleep than those who sleep alone.
B. There’s often disagreement about each homeless person’s bedtime.
C. They’re awakened then questioned by the police more often than solitary sleepers are.
D. Group members are usually willing to split the cost of motel stays.
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