Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice 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. How did Claudette feel when she went on the stand?

2. What did Claudette have time to do when she was alone in Birmingham?

3. What did city officials continue to do in the summer of 1956?

4. What did Dr. King encourage people to do?

5. What did King say when Claudette met him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Martin Luther King see on December 5th? What was held to commemorate it?

2. Why was Parks considered a good figurehead for the bus boycott?

3. What did Gray do as a second front for the bus boycott?

4. How does Claudette get to the court, how many days had the boycott been going when she went to court and how did blacks feel about the court case?

5. Why was Claudette afraid after the boycott ended, who did she meet and what kind of help did she need but not receive?

6. What happened to Rosa Parks when she was arrested and why did this make the black community angry?

7. Where did Claudette's family take her to go back to school and what was the situation like there?

8. How long did the judges take with their decision and what was Mayor Gayle's response?

9. How did the segregationists fight the bus boycott?

10. When did Claudette speak to the students at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama? What did Claudette do in 1957?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Claudette was four years old when she found out what happened when blacks acted up against whites. Some white boys came up to her and wanted to see her hands. They touched each other's hands and the boys laughed. When Claudette's mother saw them, she came up to Claudette and slapped her across the face and told her that she's not supposed to touch white people. The white boy's mother agreed. She learned to never touch white people again.

1. Discuss how you think the above incident could affect someone's self-esteem. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Many southern white women used black women as "nannies" or for child care. Discuss what might be contradictory about allowing black women to care for white children, which would include holding them, bathing them, etc. and black children being told they could not touch white children. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. In the 1960's Grace Haskell dyed her skin and traveled America as a black woman. She was the exact same person under the black skin and yet simply because she was dark her experience of the country and people became different. In view of the incident with Claudette above, discuss the insanity of prejudice on the basis of skin color. You might want to start your discussion about how a white woman who becomes black all of a sudden was not good enough to touch another white person. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The summer of 1952, Delphine came down with polio, and it also hit a number of other black boys and girls. Her parents didn't allow her to see Delphine in her condition. Claudette did not see her until she was dead. Claudette then started to question everything about God because she didn't understand why God would take Delphine away.

1. Do you think questioning beliefs about God is a normal reaction for a teenager whose sister has died? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss the irony of the fact of segregation and prejudice when it was a black woman, Henrietta Lacks, whose cells provided the basis for the polio vaccine. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. How do you think Delphine's death helped motivate Claudette to become an activist? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Claudette had been hidden away and forgotten, if for no other reason than that she had become pregnant out of wedlock and was therefore not only a disgrace to the black community but no longer even close to a suitable face for the movement.

1. Do you think a person is even more of a heroine or hero when she/he does not receive any recognition for an act of bravery? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think the fact that Claudette became pregnant out of wedlock in any way negates the courage of her actions? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think an unwed mother would be seen differently in the present than in Claudette's younger years? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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