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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 does MLK say the extremists were saying while the conservatives were saying, "let us not move so fast"?

2. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch's daughter aids him in dispersing a mob by doing what?

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

4. What law does MLK say the Supreme Court retreated from it's own position by approving?

5. When the crusade started marching from Zion Hill church, how far were they permitted to march?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the new phenomenon that MLK mentions white men would gasp at?

3. What two concentric circles of segregation does MLK state that Negros live in?

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

5. What was George Wallace's inauguration vow?

6. 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.

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

8. In the introduction of Why We Can't Wait, MLK talks about a young Negro girl. Describe the setting that MLK describes for this girl.

9. With the number of volunteers increasing after the boycott of Birmingham businesses, what other campaigns were the demonstrators able to accomplish?

10. In 1962, what did some of the students from Miles College and leaders of A.C.H.R. do together in Birmingham, and what were the results?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Summer of Our Discontent," MLK states, "the thundering events of the summer required an appropriate climax." What does he mean by this, and what event is he referring to in this quote? Describe this event that firmly united the Negro community. Why was the city of Washington, D.C. chosen for this event? What was the date of this great event? Who were some of the people involved, and where did the people come from that participated in the event? Who was involved with that MLK describes as a significant element of the March? How did the media treat this event?

Essay Topic 2

After MLK and the other leaders had decided to lead a demonstration on April 12th, they received what type of bad news? What did this news do to the hopefulness of the leaders? Why was MLK told that he could not go to jail now? What did MLK think about when he was presented with this news? MLK states that he walked to another room by himself. He says, "I think I was standing also at the center of all that my life had brought me to be." What does he mean by these words? Why did MLK not back down after the bad news, and why did he decide that he would have to go to jail if needed?

Essay Topic 3

In "The Sword That Heals," MLK mentions the meaning of tokenism and the use of it during the times of the marches, revolution, and meetings between leaders. What is tokenism? MLK states that Negroes condemned the form of tokenism that is an end in itself. He says that this type of tokenism is there not to begin a process but to end the process of protest and pressure. Why would this be considered to be a hypocritical gesture? How is tokenism being used during the events MLK describes in Birmingham? Why were there some that argued in favor of tokenism?

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