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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. In the efforts of "Project C", what were the first targets?

2. The eighth requirement of a volunteer's pledge required the volunteer to refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or what?

3. The merchants that were a part of the Senior Citizens Committee that met with the campaign leaders went back on their agreement. What was the rumor for the reason of what the merchants did?

4. What is the name of Martin Luther King's wife?

5. During the time of slavery, why would a Negro cook agree with their white owners instead of defending themselves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Shortly after the S.C.L.C. convention took place in September of 1962, how were Fred Shuttlesworth's fears justified?

2. What did Marcus Garvey propose to the Negro race, and why was his plan doomed according to MLK?

3. For years, why did the white segregationists say that the Negro was "satisfied"?

4. 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?

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

6. What was the first major decision that the planning committee faced when they were discussing "Project C," and what was the conclusion they came to?

7. What are some of the questions that the girl and boy ask themselves?

8. What happened soon after the Supreme Court had handed down a decree calling for desegregation of schools that discouraged MLK?

9. Which two revolutions in history does MLK liken the civil turmoil and violence of the Negro's "battle" to?

10. What are some of the words that John F. Kennedy uttered on June 11th, 1963?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Not much is mentioned about MLK's wife during the events of this book. Why do you think that is? Why do you think it was important for MLK to include her in the telling of him being in jail and her trying to call? Even though Coretta isn't mentioned much, how much influence do you think she had during the events in this book? How do you think Coretta King felt about her husband's intense involvement with the civil rights movement? How do you think Coretta showed her support to MLK? How do you think Coretta's support helped motivated MLK?

Essay Topic 2

In the book we meet an individual named Harry Belafonte. He is a friend of MLK and a supporter of the S.C.L.C. What significance does Belafonte have? MLK describes Belafonte as being totally involved in anything he takes on. How was he involved with the campaign? How was Belafonte involved when MLK was sent to jail? Do you think Belafonte was just involved because MLK was an old friend? What hope do you think he saw in the campaign in Birmingham?

Essay Topic 3

MLK mentions that one of the key elements in the movement was the use of non-violence. He considered non-violence to be the sword that heals and their most valuable weapon. Why was non-violence so important to MLK? Why was non-violence seen as the only means to an end? Do you think the majority of the Negro population felt the same way about non-violence? What does MLK say was the other reason to use non-violence besides knowing they couldn't obtain freedom by physical force?

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