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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 is the date notated at the beginning of Chapter 3, "The Power of Nonviolence"?

2. At some points, how did Dr. King help to keep the SCLC's cash flow problems from shutting down due to financial ruin?

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

4. What is the name of the university where the SNCC was began?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X declare America a "sick society"?

4. According to King's speech "I Have A Dream," what can African Americans never be satisfied with?

5. Martin Luther King, Jr., stated five dreams during his "I Have A Dream" speech. What were three of his "dreams"?

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

7. According to King's speech "A Time to Break Silence," who was the most "vicious modern dictator"?

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

9. According to King's speech "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," what were second-class methods?

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

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

Some may come to misunderstand the collaboration of a movement that pursues inclusion (the Civil Rights Movement) while celebrating individuality of a race (The Black Power Movement). Examine how these two "movements" can live in harmony even though they, by definition, are very different. Discuss the different attributes of each movement and their similarities. How do their differences speak to their ability to be cohesive?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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