The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When did King deliver his trial sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery?

2. What did King note came out in the New York Times about his injury?

3. At what age was King ready to enter the ministry?

4. When did King receive his doctorate from Boston University?

5. When did King enter Crozer Theological Seminary?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did King recall Morehouse College dealt with the issue of racial ills?

2. King continued to maintain what position while at Boston?

3. How did King describe his initial meeting with John F. Kennedy?

4. Why did King move to Atlanta following five years in Montgomery?

5. In his freshman year in college, what was King's view of "On Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau?

6. How did King conclude he dealt with the traumas he faced in 1958?

7. Why was Mrs. Rosa Parks arrested on 1 December 1955?

8. What city did King consider to be his home?

9. How did King view the Montgomery bus protest?

10. What awoke King and Ralph Abernathy at 2:00 a.m. on 9 January 1957?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the tactics upon which King and the SCLC agreed during their November, 1967, meeting. What was the overall goal the executives of the SCLC sought? What were the tactics upon which they agreed to adopt? What were the steps King took? Why did they believe these efforts would be successful?

Essay Topic 2

Included in King's "Statement at Founding Conference of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee" were five elements he provided for discussion. In retrospect, given those points King denoted and his guidance skills, consider how they influenced the leaders and students in attendance. How would those who had staged sit-ins in ten states and over forty communities previously now subsequently chart their future goals?

Essay Topic 3

Survey King's review of his trial on charges of falsifying income taxes for the State of Alabama for 1956 and 1958. What reasons did he give for having believed he would be found guilty? What reasons did he offer as being in his favor? If he was convinced the jury was prejudiced against him, why did they not convict him? Would the jury not have ruled against King's black attorneys despite the level of their professional legal skills?

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