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

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

3. Who did MLK hope would have been in the running of the run-off vote?

4. MLK and his groups decided to limit the first few days' efforts of the campaign to what?

5. How many volunteers from the Negro community were willing to join the ranks and go to jail in Birmingham?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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