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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. When the Supreme Court modified its decision on school desegregation, what did it permit to corrupt its intent?

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

3. Who is the sightless singer that MLK mentions "held a commanding position in our ranks"?

4. 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"?

5. What does MLK claim is the "sword that heals"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the days of slavery, how was suppression openly, scientifically, and consistently applied to the Negro population?

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

3. How does MLK describe tokenism as thwarting the dreams of the Negro population's dreams and aspirations?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What were the invitational periods at the mass meetings for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this book there are times when the reader can learn interesting facts about things that they might not have known previously. What things in the book are educational, and what new things did you learn? Was there anything you learned that you had never heard of? If so, what was it? Were there particular things that you had heard of but learned about in more detail? If so, what things were they?

Essay Topic 2

Even though MLK would be considered the protagonist, how could the Negro population as a whole also be considered the protagonist? What kinds of conflicts do the Negroes face? What kind of conflicts with specific people do they face? What kind of conflicts with society do they face? What kind of conflicts with themselves do they face? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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