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. King grew up in, and later become co-pastor of, what church?

2. What custom did King follow every Sunday morning?

3. What did King describe as the age-old problem faced by his mother and all black parents in America?

4. How was King informed that he had been unanimously called to the pastorate of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church?

5. What shackles did King describe as being removed from his body during his first two college years?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did King choose the pastorate subsequent to his completion of the residential requirements for his doctorate?

3. What did King note about the Great Depression?

4. Why did King view 6 December 1955 as a day he would have to return to earth?

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

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

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

8. How did King describe his wife?

9. How did King view the Montgomery bus protest?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the four central barriers that King saw as being employed by Southern communities when denying blacks their right to vote. How did he describe these barriers as being utilized?

Essay Topic 2

Assess the initial writing in Chapter 32 in which King elaborated on his view that "Life is a continual story of shattered dreams." Address points he made concerning Mahatma Gandhi, Woodrow Wilson, and the Apostle Paul. What was it individuals sought? King defined the story of life as being what? How could one be happy if they never achieved their goal?

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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