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 have the authorities closed in Birmingham?

2. What charges do the FBI investigate in this chapter?

3. Where is Seigenthaler when Kennedy calls him?

4. What celebrity lends his name to a fundraiser in this chapter?

5. What did the police bring out when they decided the hoses were not enough?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What problems does Moses have in Mississippi?

3. How does Jesse Jackson cause problems for King after he wins the National Baptist elections?

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

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

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

7. How did Megdar Evans die?

8. How does Kennedy create the Voter Education Project?

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

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

Compare the characters of Martin Luther King and President Kennedy.

1) In what ways are their ideas different?

2) What is their relationship to each other?

3) How can they work together to combat racism?

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

Choose one of the demonstrations Branch describes in the book and examine how impact this event had on the Civil Rights Movements as a whole. What was the public's initial reaction to the demonstration? What media attention did it receive?

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