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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 Sword That Heals," MLK mentions that Negroes had to face the fact that in the South they have to move without what?

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

3. What did Birmingham give up when they decided to close down the parks instead of having them integrated?

4. In May of 1962, where was the board meeting of the S.C.L.C. held?

5. At the beginning of 1963, how many negro students were attending integrated schools?

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. What kind of doctrine did the Negro ministers preach to their congregations about the fight for racial justice?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book we read about fear and experience this frequently. MLK mention's that Bull Connor's Birmingham had the silent password of fear. The black people were oppressed, so there was fear. Why does MLK say the white citizens were fearful? Why did the thought of change bring fear among Negros and white citizens too? Why and how did Bull Connor strike a sense of fear in the city? What other instances of fear do you find in the book?

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

In Jesse Jackson's afterward, he describes some of the impacts and results that the movement in Birmingham had on the country and on the south. He speaks about Atlanta being able to host the Olympics and Orlando being about to be the number one tourist destination in the country. None of this would have been possible in the Old South. What does Jesse Jackson describe as different as far as the nation's Presidents are concerned? What does Jackson mean when he says that "great change rarely comes from the top down"? What does that quote have to do with this book? Explain your answers, and use specific examples from the book to support your views.

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