Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954 - 1963 Test | Final 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 King ask people to do for those Negroes who have yet to learn the non-violent ways?

2. Which comedian join the marches in Greenwood?

3. What was Hartman Turnbow the first Negro to do in Holmes County?

4. What is Sam Block arrested for?

5. At what college does King take a temporary position?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kennedy create the Voter Education Project?

2. How does the city respond to the Albany Movement's manifesto?

3. Why does Moses file a federal suit against Robert Kennedy and Hoover?

4. Why does Hoover want Kennedy to keep away from Frank Sinatra?

5. How do the police prevent the D-Day marches from entering downtown?

6. What is the Albany Movement?

7. How does the Albany Movement try to recover its momentum in this chapter?

8. How did Megdar Evans die?

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

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

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

Choose one of the following people and outline his influence on Martin Luther King's life and ideas.

1) Gandhi

2) Vernon Johns

3) President Kennedy

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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