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 Kennedy want the Freedom Riders to do?

2. What does King ask people to do for those Negroes who have yet to learn the non-violent ways?

3. What does Bull Connors fire at the church congregation?

4. What have the authorities closed in Birmingham?

5. Where does King write his speech for the Washington march?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Moses react to the sheriff attacking him in Chapter 13?

2. How does Kennedy create the Voter Education Project?

3. Why is the Washington march so important to the movement?

4. How did Megdar Evans die?

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

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

7. What is the Albany Movement?

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

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

10. How does Hoover keep an eye on King in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Branch's writing style. How would you describe his prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Branch's style give to his story?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following and outline King's thoughts on the subject. Use your own ideas to argue whether you think King is right or wrong.

1) Education

2) Non-violent protests

3) Segregation

Essay Topic 3

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.

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