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 did Dr. King plead with Americans not to default upon during his "I Have A Dream" speech?

2. What famous black child psychologist embraced the liberal idea that where there is no equal opportunity to succeed there can be no social equality?

3. What was the name of the first African American to challenge interstate travel bans?

4. What became a pseudonym for the Civil Rights Movement?

5. Who were the primary people who led the movement exemplified by eating at lunch counters next to Caucasians?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to "Speech Before the Youth March for Integrated Schools," what did the march demonstrate to him?

2. What happened on December 5, 1955?

3. According to King's speech "Our Struggle," how are the extreme race relations of the South explained?

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 King's speech "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," why is racial injustice a national, and not a sectional, problem?

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

7. According to King's speech "Our Struggle," what were blacks asking for as part of the "southern pattern"?

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

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

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

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

Discuss the importance of the location of the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, involvement. Would Martin Luther King, Jr., been as involved in the movement if it was not central to his community? Why do you believe this?

Essay Topic 3

Martin Luther King, Jr., wanted all African Americans to be able to sing "America" (My Country 'tis of Thee) and have it be true for them in the literal sense. (From Chapter 2: "Facing the Challenge of a New Age") According to Martin Luther King, Jr., what needed to happen for African Americans to be able to sing "America" and hold it true in their hearts?

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