Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954 - 1963 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Taylor Branch
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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 does Diane Nash refuse to do?

2. What political party is Levison a member of?

3. Where did King's four friends go on trial?

4. Who takes over the running of the carpool?

5. What is King asked to write a book about?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does King change Dexter church?

2. How do the Freedom Riders enrage the Albany sheriff?

3. How do Birmingham's white businessmen respond to the riots?

4. What changes does Megdar Evans try to implement in Jackson, Mississippi?

5. What is the Albany Movement?

6. How does King disappoint his father in this chapter?

7. What surprises King about the Crozer Theological Seminary?

8. What happens to the Freedom Rider's Greyhound bus in Chapter 11?

9. Why is the phone call Robert Kennedy makes to a judge potentially dangerous to his career?

10. How did Mike King improve himself so he could date Alberta Williams?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How important was King's education? Would the Civil Rights movement have worked without educated leaders? How difficult was it for black people to get an education in America before Civil Rights?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the book.

1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's ideas?

2) Examine the way Branch uses other people in the story to express her ideas.

Essay Topic 3

How do King's Christian beliefs influence his approach to fighting racism? Why did people think that King's approach was direct enough?

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