Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

James H. Cone
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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. In what year did Martin Luther King, Jr. first visit Montgomery, Alabama?

2. Who did Malcolm X claim the "real criminal" was in his address in Harlem on August 10, 1963?

3. Who was the author and civil rights activist that spoke of "twoness"?

4. To whom did John Shabazz compare Malcolm X?

5. Who was the leader of the Montgomery bus boycott?

Short Essay Questions

1. What metaphor did King use to show the importance of "wholehearted work"?

2. Why did Malcolm state, "While King was having a dream, the rest of us Negros are having a nightmare"?

3. Where and when did Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X first meet?

4. What were the issues that nationalists faced?

5. What are the two distinct religious traditions in the African-American community?

6. How are the two distinct religious traditions in African-American communities linked?

7. What was Malcolm's idea of justice?

8. Why was the North considered "Canaan"?

9. Why did Malcolm have a problem with King's use of Christian values to help the black freedom movement progress forward?

10. What did the concept of unity mean to Malcolm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based upon the facts that Cone presented, do you think that racism today is different from racism from the time of King and Malcolm? How? What are the similarities?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the different influences that religion had on both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. How did religion affect both men? What influence did their religious background have on their lives and their movements?

Essay Topic 3

Cone dedicated an entire section of his book to the sexism that existed within the black freedom movement. How did Cone justify Malcolm and King's realized, or unrealized, sexist stand that they took against black women?

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