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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "The Sword That Heals," MLK mentions that Negroes had to face the fact that in the South they have to move without what?
(a) Allies.
(b) Words.
(c) Light.
(d) Wanting.

2. What book was MLK autographing copies of in "The Negro Revolution-Why 1963?"
(a) A Testament of Hope.
(b) By My Words.
(c) Stride Toward Freedom.
(d) I Have A Dream.

3. When Mahatma Gandhi and his followers had faced the guns of the British Empire in India with nonviolence how many people did they free from colonialism?
(a) More than three hundred and fifty million
(b) More than four hundred million.
(c) More than four hundred and fifty million.
(d) More than five hundred million.

4. According to MLK, what is the best way to defeat an army?
(a) To strategically place your powers in front of their faces.
(b) To wipe them out with nonviolence.
(c) To persuade them to your side.
(d) To divide it.

5. Who is the sightless singer that MLK mentions "held a commanding position in our ranks"?
(a) Al Hibbler.
(b) Willie Johnson.
(c) Lemon Jefferson.
(d) Mel Torme.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the city commissioners, including Bull Connor, refuse to do after the results of the run-off vote?

2. In "The Sword That Heals," what does MLK mention was no longer a disgrace, but a badge of honor?

3. MLK states that he and his group possessed the most formidable weapon of all. What was this weapon he spoke of?

4. When MLK was autographing copies of his book in the Harlem department store, what was he stabbed with?

5. In "The Negro Revolution - Why 1963," how many years have gone by when MLK states that humiliation cannot be expected to find "voice in a whisper"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the introduction of Why We Can't Wait, MLK mentions that he sees a young Negro boy. Describe the setting that MLK describes for this boy.

2. Why was the Negro's economic problem compounded by the emergence and growth of automation?

3. What does MLK state that Bull Connor prided himself in?

4. What did people have to do after they volunteered and walked up front to shake hands with the leaders of the campaign?

5. What was George Wallace's inauguration vow?

6. What happened to the United States senator who was visiting Birmingham to deliver a speech and walked through a door marked "Colored"?

7. What happened to MLK while he was was at a Harlem department store signing copies of one of his books?

8. What does MLK mean when he states that the Negro knew what going to jail meant?

9. What phrase did Fred Shuttlesworth use to describe Albert Boutwell and why?

10. In the second section of Bull Connor's Birmingham, what does MLK state that the one threat to the reign of white supremacy in Birmingham was?

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