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. Where do students march to in Nashville?

2. In what state do the Freedom Riders encounter their first problems?

3. Where did King and Coretta marry?

4. What did Mike King's father do for a living?

5. Who has dinner with the Freedom Riders when they arrive in Atlanta?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the police try to stop the carpool drivers?

2. What happens to John Lewis when he tries to order hamburgers at a bar?

3. How did McCall fail the second sermon?

4. How did Rockefeller change the school?

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

6. How did Reverend Williams benefit from the education provided at Morehouse College?

7. What happens when a girl refuses to move from her seat on the bus?

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

9. How does King's Civil Rights work affect his preaching?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did the Civil Rights Movement improve life for Afro-Americans? What was life like for Afro-Americans before the Civil Rights Movement?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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