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. Who did Dr. King go to help in Memphis, Tennessee, during a strike against unfair labor practices?

2. How many people were arrested during the demonstrations in Selma, Alabama?

3. What memorial was the background for Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech?

4. According to the chapter "Black Power Defined," what do the "powerful" never lose?

5. According to Chapter 18: "Where Do We Go From Here," what did political rightists accuse Dr. King?

Short Essay Questions

1. In King's speech "Black Power Defined," King declared that the "economic highway to power has few entry lanes for Negroes." How did he explain the meaning behind this statement?

2. In King's speech "Where Do We Go From Here?," what did King mean by "as long as a mind is enslaved, the body can never be free"?

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

4. 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"?

5. 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"?

6. Describe the circumstances surrounding King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

7. According to King's speech "A Time to Break Silence," who was the most "vicious modern dictator"?

8. What did King, in his speech "A Time to Break Silence," claim the Vietnamese watched Americans do during the Vietnam War?

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

10. During the delivery of King's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1964, he declared some "refusals." What were the two refusals that King put forth during his speech?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" while serving a sentence for participating in a civil rights demonstration. Discuss the importance of his actual writing from jail. What did this act prove to those involved in the civil rights act? Did this letter help to show his determination or did it hinder his part in the movement?

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

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?

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