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 Illinois city approved a plan that prevented the erection of an interracial housing development on December 21, 1959?

2. What two organizations denounced violent actions relating to desegregation acts?

3. How old was Martin Luther King, Jr., when Gandhi was assassinated?

4. What happened to James Farmer's bus as he was traveling from Washington, D.C., to the South?

5. What famous black child psychologist embraced the liberal idea that where there is no equal opportunity to succeed there can be no social equality?

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

3. According to King's speech "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," what two fronts must the African American work on during the period of social change?

4. When Rosa Parks was asked why she did not move from her seat on the bus, what did she answer?

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the importance of the location of the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, involvement. Would Martin Luther King, Jr., been as involved in the movement if it was not central to his community? Why do you believe this?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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