A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. The Watts Riots in ___________ illuminated the tension between the African Americans and the whites in the North and Western states.

2. The greatest tragedy of this battle for the integration of African Americans and whites was the denial of __________.

3. The right to _____________ was feared by racist Southern leaders as a powerful tool for change.

4. After two months, the Kennedy administration sent in ___________ to mediate between the city leaders, merchants, and the African American leaders.

5. One extreme of the movement was to use Black Power to overthrow the ________________ and the whites.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was an important part of African American financial and economic power at the time?

2. Why was the right to vote for African Americans feared by racist Southern leaders, according to Dr. King?

3. What were the three revolutions that Dr. King saw happening around him, revolutions that people were sleeping through?

4. What did Dr. King feel it was an honor to be called, even though he didn't feel himself to be this way?

5. Why were Dr. King and his wife, Coretta, not subject to segregation much in their lives before the movement?

6. What were Dr. King's main concerns about the Vietnam War when it was fought?

7. How did the Vietnam War hurt African American men more, according to the thoughts of Dr. King?

8. What did Dr. King feel about the current state of the Civil Rights movement during the interview on Meet the Press?

9. What did Dr. King want his children to be judged based on, as opposed to the color of their skin?

10. What did Dr. King challenge his listeners to do during this speech?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a person who is highly revered in the world and in the United States.

Part 1: Why do you think think it's important for people to remember the actions of Dr. King?

Part 2: Do you think Dr. King's work was done in vain? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think the world would look if Dr. King had not stood up for African American rights?

Essay Topic 2

Many people who tried to create large changes in the world have been assassinated in their attempts to do so.

Part 1: Why do you think someone killed Dr. King?

Part 2: Why do you think great people are assassinated by others?

Part 3: Do you think that assassinating great leaders is the right way to hurt the cause? Or does their death help the cause?

Essay Topic 3

Dr. King brings up the idea that there are just laws and unjust laws which may or may not be obeyed.

Part 1: How would you define the idea of a just law? Why?

Part 2: How would you define the idea of an unjust law? Why?

Part 3: Do you think a person has the right to decide which laws are okay to follow and each are not? Why or why not?

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