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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 did the caption read on the front page of the Birmingham News that celebrated mayoral victory?

2. When MLK and the other leaders returned to Birmingham after the run-off election, they tried to contact all their volunteers for a meeting. How many volunteers came out?

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

4. What does MLK talk about in "The Negro Revolution-Why 1963" that celebrates it's 100th birthday in 1963?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was George Wallace's inauguration vow?

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. What were the mass meetings that were held in the Negro community, how many were there, and where were these meetings held?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are some of your favorite words that MLK writes? Why did these words appeal to you more than others? What kind of feelings did these words evoke in you as a reader? How do you think MLK was feeling at the time he wrote these particular words? Explain the reason for picking the particular excerpts. How do you think MLK changed as a person during the events of this book? Explain your reasoning by using specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think there was a need for an afterward in this book? Why do you think Jesse Jackson was the person to write this afterward? How does Jesse Jackson compare the time mentioned in the book to the time the afterward was written (1999)? How does Jesse Jackson honor MLK in his words in the afterward? What does Jesse Jackson suggest for the nations future?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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