Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare Test | Final 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. What influenced Malcolm's "conception of the nightmare"?

2. Malcolm's comment on which assassination caused his break from the Nation of Islam?

3. Who made the following statement found in Chapter 11: "Freedom is not free"?

4. What was the central theme for both King and Malcolm in the black freedom struggle? (Chapter 9)

5. Who influenced Malcolm's receptiveness to socialism?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did King respond to watching Malcolm on television?

2. Where did Malcolm derive his view of women?

3. Unlike Malcolm, why did King believe in whites?

4. What two books began black youth's movement away from nonviolent actions as the "weapon" for social change?

5. What did Cone state the difference between King and Malcolm was regarding their impact on recognizing them today?

6. According to Cone, why was Malcolm's faith harder to understand and communicate to the majority of Americans?

7. According to Malcolm, what problem did "color" have on the self-hate that most blacks held?

8. Why did Malcolm feel that Christian values and beliefs were a contradiction to the faith itself?

9. What was the official reason that was issued regarding Malcolm's removal from the Nation of Islam?

10. What was the "doctrine of doom of white America" based upon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the different representations of both Malcolm and King by the media. How did the media describe both men? How did these representations separate the men in the eyes of Americans?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss King's five objectives. What are they? Why did King see them as important? What were they meant to do for those involved in the civil rights movement?

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