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 Bull Connors fire at the church congregation?

2. What kind of animal attacks Moses?

3. What do Washington officials ban shops from selling before the march?

4. Where does Kennedy's administration think Levison is from?

5. What does Hoover use to justify investigating King?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do the Freedom Riders anger Kennedy in Chapter 12?

5. How does Kennedy create the Voter Education Project?

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

7. What deal does King make with Robert Kennedy in this chapter?

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

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

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

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 important was King's education? Would the Civil Rights movement have worked without educated leaders? How difficult was it for black people to get an education in America before Civil Rights?

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