I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World Test | Mid-Book 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. What staff member from the SCLC helped young people from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to think for themselves?

2. When did the President remove the National Guard troops from the high school in Arkansas?

3. What was the name of one of the first integrated group of interstate travelers that later served as Dr. King's chief strategists?

4. Why did Dr. King submit his resignation as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church?

5. When associated with the Civil Rights Movement, what did demonstrators consider their arrests?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to "Speech Before the Youth March for Integrated Schools," why should new graduates become dedicated fighters for civil rights?

2. According to King's speech "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," what were the problems associated with the shift from rural to urban life for African Americans?

3. According to King's speech "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," what is the primary reason for bringing an end to racial discrimination?

4. 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?

5. According to "Speech Before the Youth March for Integrated Schools," what did the denial of the right to vote do to African Americans?

6. What happened on December 1, 1955, to initiate the forward movement of the Civil Rights Movement?

7. What was ironic about King's entry into the Crozer Theological Seminary in September of 1948?

8. According to King's speech "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," what were the successful precedents that showed that civil rights could be obtained peacefully?

9. According to King's speech "Our Struggle," there were eight descriptions of the "New Negro." What were three of the eight of the descriptions?

10. According to King's speech "Our Struggle," why did many black men lose their self-respect?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the "Drum Major Instinct." What is the "Drum Major Instinct"? How did it develop? Upon what is it based ? What is the "Drum Major Instinct's" importance to the Civil Rights Movement? Why did Dr. King find it necessary to design a sermon around the "Drum Major Instinct"?

Essay Topic 2

Martin Luther King, Jr., seemed to speak to the younger African Americans and have them join him in his fight for civil rights. Why do you believe that Dr. King targeted this specific audience? What was the significance of influencing students to take part in the non-violent fight for civil rights?

Essay Topic 3

Dr. King was adamant about fighting for civil rights in a non-violent way. On the other hand, Robert Williams (Chapter 6; local president of the NAACP) choose violence as the way to freedom. Compare and contrast the non-violent and violent acts and their ability to work/or not towards the cause.

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