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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Dr. King wants to point out a lot of things about the use of nonviolence. Nonviolence is not for __________, for example.

2. The plans for the future, said Dr. King, involve the removal of blockage, not pouring _________ over the troubled waters in order to calm them.

3. What would have happened if African American people refused to give up their seats to a white person?

4. What kind of segregation was India facing in its own country, that Gandhi felt compelled to address?

5. Southern __________ continued to fight against the civil rights measures and bills being put before them.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were there violent outbreaks of African Americans in some areas, even though the struggle was typically nonviolent?

2. What did the men in the Freedom March do as a result of their commitment to be nonviolent?

3. What does integration allow the society to enjoy, according to the writings and the words of Dr. King?

4. What are the three ways in which oppression is historically responded to, according to Dr. King?

5. What was the crisis in 1962 that allowed the problem of the Civil Rights movement to be less than dominant in society?

6. What does nonviolence, as a means of resisting, require that those who follow this path do?

7. What were the four main forces which enabled the problems of partial integration to be overcome?

8. What became a new tool in the battle for those unwilling to allow total freedom and justice for all?

9. What would the Executive Order be able to do for the Civil Rights movement, according to Dr. King?

10. According to Dr. King, who needed to actively participate in creating a nation where civil rights were a reality for all people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dr. King seemed to think that suffering was a part of the process when you want to succeed in a cause.

Part 1: Do you think suffering is necessary in life? Why or why not?

Part 2: Can a cause ever be fought for without any suffering? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think that Dr. King wanted to suffer to make his cause seem all the more important? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Dr. King discusses time and time again that winning over the opposition needs to happen with the weapon of love.

Part 1: Do you think love can ever be a weapon? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think it's possible for two opposing sides to love each other? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think Dr. King believes that love will be the thing that helps the movement succeed?

Essay Topic 3

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," according to Dr. King in his letter from Birmingham City Jail.

Part 1: Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think that injustice in one place can affect justice in other areas?

Part 3: How do you think justice can be preserved in society?

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