I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World Test | Final 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 quote from a civil rights hymn did President Johnson quote before a joint session of Congress in 1965?

2. According to Chapter 19: "The Drum Major Instinct," what were considered the religious parents of the African American culture?

3. During the Cold War, what were civil rights activists accused of being?

4. What was the name of the 37-year-old NAACP field secretary murdered on his front porch on June 12, 1963?

5. Who published Dr. King's book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the reasoning behind King's speech on March 25, 1967?

2. In "A Time to Break Silence," what did King claim was the irony behind the war in Vietnam?

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

4. According to King's speech "I Have A Dream," who should be able to allow freedom to ring? Who did King include when he named the groups that should be allowed to "let freedom ring"?

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

6. Why did Martin Luther King, Jr., describe Americans as "strange liberators" in "A Time to Break Silence"?

7. In his speech "Where Do We Go From Here?", Martin Luther King, Jr. stated that the United States mishandled money in regard to its own people. According to King, how did the United States misappropriate funds?

8. In King's speech "Where Do We Go From Here?", why did Martin Luther King, Jr., claim that the Negro had been "confined to the life of voicelessness and powerlessness"?

9. According to King's speech "Where Do We Go From Here?", what is the only answer to mankind's problems?

10. In 1967, as summarized in the introduction of Chapter 18: "Where Do We Go From Here?," Martin Luther King, Jr., felt caught between two distinct groups for very different reasons. Who did King feel caught between and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Describe the "Drum Major Instinct." What is the "Drum Major Instinct"? How did it develop? Upon what is it based ? What is the "Drum Major Instinct's" importance to the Civil Rights Movement? Why did Dr. King find it necessary to design a sermon around the "Drum Major Instinct"?

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