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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 Thanksgiving tradition did the Pattillos have?
2. How did the Little Rock Nine get out of the school when the mob threatens to overrun the school?
3. Who told the mobs in Little Rock that they must cease and desist?
4. What did Melba ask her diary for at Christmas time?
5. What was the evening newspaper that the Pattillos sometimes read?
Short Essay Questions
1. What damage did the white mob do after Melba and the other students left the school after their first day inside?
2. At the end of 1957, the Associated Press compiled their top stories of the year. What was the number one story and where did the story about Little Rock integration fall?
3. Why wasn't Melba allowed to go to a New Years' Party with Vince?
4. Melba felts lonely at school. Why?
5. What happened at the official Thanksgiving dinner at Mrs. Bates' home?
6. What was the downside to newspapers running articles about the Little Rock Nine?
7. What items dear to Melba did she decide to give away at Thanksgiving?
8. What happened to Melba when saluting the flag?
9. Why didn't anyone but Vince show up at Melba's Sixteenth birthday party?
10. One day in October the attacks against the students were so severe that what happened?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Melba wrote in her diary, "Please, God, let me learn how to stop being a warrior. Sometimes I just need to be a girl." Discuss what you think she meant by this.
Essay Topic 2
In 1954, the monumental court case, Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court stated that "separate but equal" was now unconstitutional and that public schools must integrate. What was the "separate but equal" doctrine and why was it impossible to have both "separate" and "equal"? Why was this decision significant for Melba and her family?
Essay Topic 3
Although Melba and her family expected the white people to be against the efforts at integration, they were surprised to find that many people in their own community also disapproved of their actions. Explain why this is.
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