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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 city was the home to the beginning of the movement exemplified by eating at lunch counters next to Caucasians when it began February 1, 1960?

2. What are attempts to attack laws and customs that prohibited African Americans from eating at lunch counters next to Caucasians called?

3. What did the civil rights bill, signed on September 9, 1957, establish?

4. When did Dr. King celebrate his thirty-first (31) birthday?

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 King describe as "the face of the future"?

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

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

4. During the delivery of King's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1964, what were three of the eight "beliefs" King spoke of?

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

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

7. What prompted the Nobel Peace Prize committee to search for the "greatest apostle of peace" in 1964?

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. In King's speech "Where Do We Go From Here?", what did Martin Luther King, Jr., claim was the creed of the Negro's self-affirmation?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The fight for civil rights was a fight that pitted color against color: black against white. Therefore, regardless of what was the "right" thing to do, the movement was opposed at every turn. One major opposition was the labeling of African American as communists during the Cold War. Why did those who opposed the Civil Rights Movement chose to label African Americans as communists during the Cold War? What purpose did it serve "their cause"? Why did this label make such an impact on Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the sermons/speeches used for I Have A Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World. Discuss the importance of the sermon/speech's inclusion. Why is it important to have this speech/sermon serving as part of the whole? Why did you choose this sermon/speech as the most important of the text?

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