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. Where did Dr. King move days after his thirty-first birthday?

2. What date did the Montgomery buses become integrated?

3. With whom from the NAACP did Dr. King argue regarding non-violent movement against racism?

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

5. Less than a week after the Youth March for Integrated Schools, a black youth was lynched. What was the name of this black youth?

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 "Our Struggle," there were eight descriptions of the "New Negro." What were three of the eight of the descriptions?

3. According to King's speech "The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness," how did the African American's awareness of the struggle for freedom in a worldwide realm help to account for a new sense of dignity?

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

5. What happened on December 5, 1955?

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 "Our Struggle," what were blacks asking for as part of the "southern pattern"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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