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. After the 1965 riots in the Los Angeles ghetto, how many "Americas" did Martin Luther King, Jr. come to realize there were?

2. According to Cone, what limitation did King and Malcolm share in regard to being a problem with racism?

3. Who made the following statement: "But the danger is that white people use King"?

4. Who said, "I am for truth, no matter who tells it"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Cone state that the break between Malcolm and Muhammad "could not be avoided"?

2. What did the imagery of the "bullet" and the "ballot" represent for Malcolm?

3. How do Americans remember Martin Luther King, Jr. today?

4. What was Malcolm's "The Ballot or the Bullet" speech an initial attempt for him to do?

5. According to Malcolm, what are the similarities between "integration" and "separation"?

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

7. Although Malcolm did not finish the ninth grade, he valued education. Why did Malcolm value education?

8. What did Cone decide was the greatest limitation for both King and Malcolm?

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

10. According to Cone, how did King proclaim and live the American dream?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. placed much faith in the cross and the imagery that the cross represented. Based upon his thoughts, answer the following questions:

- What did the cross represent for King?

- What imagery did King associate with the cross?

- How did Christ's rise from the cross represent the rise of African Americans?

Essay Topic 2

Readers are shown the very different ways that King and Malcolm X were brought up. King was surrounded by core Christian values, while Malcolm X was the product of turmoil. How do you think their different upbringings helped to form them as leaders, and therefore the movements, given they were both fighting for the same thing?

Essay Topic 3

Both King and Malcolm had a path that they both decided was the best for the black freedom movement. Compare and contrast the different paths that King and Malcolm believed would lead to black freedom.

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