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 was the name of the man whose daughter was the focus behind the Brown vs. Board (1954) court case?

2. Dr. King wanted to make sure that advocates of Black Consciousness did not associate racial pride with what?

3. When did the President remove the National Guard troops from the high school in Arkansas?

4. During what years did participation by African American churches in American public life surge?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. What were the three reasons that blacks gave when asked why they did not expect the Montgomery Bus Boycott to succeed?

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

8. According to King's speech "Our Struggle," why did he think that white people thought blacks deserved (and enjoyed) second-class status?

9. According to "Speech Before the Youth March for Integrated Schools," what did King describe as "the face of the future"?

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

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.. was influenced by Mohandas Gandhi. In what ways did Gandhi directly influence Dr. King and the way he choose to fight for civil rights?

Essay Topic 3

Many of the violent acts of the Civil Rights Movement were described without much detail. Explain why the specific details of these acts were left out of the book. Why do these omissions support the overall theme of "I Have A Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World"? How would the inclusion of the details take away from the power of the novel?

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