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 became a pseudonym for the Civil Rights Movement?

2. According to Dr. King, during his first national address, why were inhabitants of the twentieth century privileged?

3. In Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech, what does King say all Americans hold that is signed by the founders of the United States?

4. When did the African nation of Ghana acquire its independence from British rule?

5. What were the dates of the demonstration at Rainbow Beach in Chicago?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to King's speech "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," why did the young blacks need to begin to look at their future in a different light?

2. What were the reasons that King's trip to India kept getting put off?

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

4. According to King's speech "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," what were some of the factors that led to a new sense of self-respect on the part of the African American?

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

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

7. What happened on December 5, 1955?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Describe the importance of Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and their association with the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. How did each action affect the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement?

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