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. Why was Dr. King in jail while writing the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"?

2. Who were Dr. and Mrs. King guests of during their stay in India?

3. What county, on June 26, 1959, closed its entire school system rather than allow integration?

4. What month did Dr. King address the First Annual Institute on Non-Violence and Social Change?

5. When was the first march supporting racial desegregation held in Washington, D.C.?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 did King describe as "the face of the future"?

4. According to King's speech "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," why had some African Americans become cynical and disillusioned?

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

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

7. According to "Speech Before the Youth March for Integrated Schools," why was it difficult for young people to realize the effectiveness of nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" while serving a sentence for participating in a civil rights demonstration. Discuss the importance of his actual writing from jail. What did this act prove to those involved in the civil rights act? Did this letter help to show his determination or did it hinder his part in the movement?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Martin Luther King, Jr.'s motivation for participating in the Civil Rights Movement. Why did he find it necessary to take on such a major role in the movement? How did he qualify as the leader of such a movement?

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