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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. Where was Martin Luther King, Jr., ordained to the Christian ministry?

2. What was James Farmer's position with CORE?

3. What were the nicknames of the African Americans who traveled from state to state even though they were prohibited from doing so because of white co-passengers?

4. Why were organizations such as NAACP and the NUL formed?

5. What happened to Dr. King as he was signing books on September 20, 1958?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the summary in Chapter 19: "The Drum Major Instinct," what was the importance of the black church in the African American culture?

2. In Chapter 4: "My Trip To the Land of Gandhi," Martin Luther King, Jr., described his fascination for India. Why did King hold a fascination for India?

3. According to "Speech Before the Youth March for Integrated Schools," what would "this generation" not take?

4. What did King, in his speech "A Time to Break Silence," claim the Vietnamese watched Americans do during the Vietnam War?

5. In King's speech "Where Do We Go From Here?", what did Martin Luther King, Jr., claim was the creed of the Negro's self-affirmation?

6. According to King's speech "Our Struggle," what would it take for the "master race" to civilize African Americans "to a degree"?

7. According to "Speech Before the Youth March for Integrated Schools," what did King describe as "the face of the future"?

8. According to "Speech Before the Youth March for Integrated Schools," what would have happened in the United States if the country were to gain three million "southern Negro" votes?

9. In King's speech "Where Do We Go From Here?," what did King mean by "as long as a mind is enslaved, the body can never be free"?

10. According to King's speech "I Have A Dream," the song "America" needed to be sung, and believed, by all that sang it. Name three things that King wanted freedom to ring from.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Dr. King asked a student (from Chapter 9: "The Time For Freedom Has Come") to find a quotation that expressed his feelings regard the African American struggle. This was the quote:

"I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see,

I sought my God, but he eluded me,

I sought my brother, and I found all three."

Describe how this student's quote reveals the effort behind the Civil Rights Movement. What does the quote mean? How does it speak to the movement itself? How does the quote embody a movement that requires solidarity?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the violent acts of the Civil Rights Movement were described without much detail. Explain why the specific details of these acts were left out of the book. Why do these omissions support the overall theme of "I Have A Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World"? How would the inclusion of the details take away from the power of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Martin Luther King, Jr., made it important in his life, and in the Civil Rights Movement, to support all people affected by segregation and racial hate. Dr. King stood up for the African American woman who refused to give up her seat, spoke at the funeral of young girls killed in a church bombing, went to Tennessee to help African Americans fight unfair labor practices, and spoke to thousands of students about the Civil Rights Movement. Describe the importance of inclusion for Dr. King as part of the Civil Rights Movement. Why is inclusion the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement?

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