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 kind of commitee does the Nashville mayor appoint?

2. What did Martin Luther King initially intend to train for?

3. Where do King and his supporters march to in Los Angeles?

4. Where do students march to in Nashville?

5. What did W.E.B Du Bois found?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Johns cause problems for the Dexter Avenue Church?

4. Describe Vernon's character.

5. What were the differences between the First Baptist Church and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church?

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

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

8. How did the movie theaters in Nashville react to people protesting outside?

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

10. How did McCall fail the second sermon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the values of 1960s America.

1) Why did Afro-American politics come to the fore during this time ?

2) What significant changes do you think occurred during this period?

3) Does today's society share any values with 1960s America?

Essay Topic 2

Examine racism in America. How much has it changed since the Civil Rights Movement? How much do the students think Martin Luther King was responsible for that change? In what forms does racism still exist in America today?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the famous people Branch depicts in the book and examine his or her impact on the Civil Rights Movement.

1) What were his or her beliefs?

2) How did he or she communicate his or her beliefs to the public?

3) What impact did he or she have on the Civil Rights movement?

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