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. Which of the following people does King not choose as an advisor?

2. What does Crozier Theological Seminary have in its basement rec room?

3. Why is the girl unsuitable for public scrutiny?

4. Where do students march to in Nashville?

5. What does Robinson's letter call to boycott?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do sit-ins start to become popular across the country?

2. What does King begin to understand about his faith?

3. How did the First Baptist Church of Montgomery and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church form?

4. Why did the girl decide not to take the bus company to the courts?

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

6. Why is Robert Kennedy furious that his brother contacts Coretta King?

7. What does Clayton Powell threaten to do if King does not call off plans to picket the Democratic convention?

8. How does King change Dexter church?

9. How does the governor of Montgomery react to students trying to get served at the state capitol building lunch counter?

10. How did the Rockefellers become involved with the Atlanta Female Baptist Seminary?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss differences between the novel and autobiographical formats. What are the main elements of a novel? What are the main elements of an autobiography? What can Branch express in an autobiography that he can't in a novel? How does Branch use these limitations to his advantage?

Essay Topic 3

Identify the main themes of the book. Why do you think these themes are so important to the book? How does Branch use character and setting to express his themes?

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