Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High 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. What was Melba's grandmother's first name?

2. Who was Mrs. Huckaby?

3. What does "amicus curiae" mean in "Warriors Don't Cry"?

4. What type of car did Melba's mother drive in 1957?

5. Where was Judge Davies from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Melba do before she got in her mother's car for the first day of school at Central High School in Little Rock?

2. Why did Melba want to meet Governor Faubus face to face?

3. What did Grandma India do and say to Melba after the attempted rape?

4. Describe the federal courtroom that Melba and the other eight students visited.

5. After two days stuck at home and not being allowed to go to school, what does Melba vow to do?

6. What happened when Melba and her mother leave their neighborhood for Central High School?

7. Who came to the Pattillo house the day after the first attempt at integration?

8. Why did Mrs. Bates shush Melba in Chapter Nine?

9. What happened to Elizabeth when she couldn't get into the school on the first day?

10. What happened when Melba's dad visited after her first visit to school. Explain what happened.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

School integration isn't as volatile an issue any more. Choose to write about other types of segregration present in schools today or whether racism against African Americans is still an issue that needs attention. Be certain to support your essay with facts.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter Nine, Melba wrote in her diary that it was her turn to carry the banner. What does this mean and what did it mean about the person Melba was becoming.?

Essay Topic 3

The white leaders of Little Rock refer to Little Rock people as "forward-thinking" and a place where white and African American people got along. These leaders thought that racism was not a problem because there hadn't been a lynching in the state for almost ten years. Melba believed the Little Rock of her youth was anything but progressive. Why did she say this? Why was there such a dichotomy in what people believed about 1950s race relations in Little Rock?

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