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. Why was Claudette considered a political liability at this time?

2. What did Gray say segregation violated?

3. How much did Parks have to pay?

4. Why did Claudette feel hurt?

5. What did the prosecutor try to get the women to admit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Claudette become known again in the 1970's and how did she feel about that?

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

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

5. What did Claudette do when she returned to Montgomery?

6. What did vow to do when the Supreme Court upheld the court's decision and what happened finally? Where was Claudette on the first day the blacks began to ride the bus again?

7. How did Gray begin his arguments, what did the prosecutor accuse the plaintiffs of and what did they say to his accusations?

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

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

10. How did the blacks get around Montgomery during the bus boycott?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Claudette notes that she started crying but maintained that sitting in that spot was her right. The two policemen then dragged her off the bus, and Claudette went limp, refusing to fight back. On the police ride, the cops ridiculed her and called her a "nigger bitch". They said they were taking her to a woman's prison in Atmore, despite the fact that she was fifteen

1. Discuss Claudette's action of going limp when the police officers pulled her off the bus in terms of pacifism and protest. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss the problems of racism in police officers. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Let's assume that the police officer degrading Claudette in the car did so out of fear. Why do you think fear can cause racism. 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

In 1950, sixty percent of black women in Montgomery were maids for white families and seventy-five percent of black men did unskilled labor. Blacks made half as much as whites.

1. Discuss the changes in black person's employment status from 1950 to the present. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. In India due to the caste system, a member of the untouchable caste can work only in jobs considered immoral or dirty, such as care of the dead for burial. Pretending that an untouchable is born who has the I.Q. of Einstein, discuss the human potential wasted for that person to be allowed to only collect garbage or bury the dead. Relate this idea to blacks in the 1950's being allowed only manual jobs in the south. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss how knowing one is only able to have lower class jobs would affect a child's motivation to do well in school. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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