Why We Can't Wait Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. President Kennedy once said something to MLK in the White House about not being too harsh on the judgment of someone. Who was the person that President Kennedy was speaking about?

2. What does MLK state in his letter is the basic reason that he is in Birmingham?

3. Why does MLK say the Easter season was chosen as the time for direct-action?

4. MLK talks about the positive growth of the movement, and supporters were increasing from white and Negro people. The number of S.C.L.C. affiliates jumped from 85 to what?

5. In "The Days To Come" MLK states that it wasn't until when that the Army began to understand that the white man in uniform must respect a black man in uniform?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does MLK describe the "two" John Kennedys that he knew?

2. What significant change in employment patterns does MLK talk about taking shape?

3. In what case does MLK mention that it wouldn't profit a Negro parent to send his or her child to an integrated school?

4. What does MLK mention in "The Days to Come" that would immediately transform the conditions of Negro life?

5. What did MLK and the S.C.L.C. officers want to do to bring a new dynamic to the campaign that would receive criticism?

6. How does MLK answer the questions of the clergymen of "Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Aren't negotiations better?"

7. When the campaign had sent out a request for volunteers, what did the six tiny youngsters ask Andy Young, and what did they do to help the movement?

8. How many people were involved with the March on Washington, and what kind of people were involved?

9. What did scientific observers place in the sealed death chambers where poison gas was to be administered to the victims of capital punishment?

10. After Bull Connor asks his men to "turn on the hoses" on the Negros marching to a prayer meeting, MLK describes the event as one of the most fantastic events of the Birmingham story. Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 1963 the United States was preparing to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Big productions were in the works for this celebration. What were some of the things that MLK mentions in Chapter 1 that the nation was going to do to celebrate this event? What kind of emotions and desires does this inspire in MLK? What kind of emotions and desires does this inspire in the Negro population as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think MLK begins the book the way he does? Does that help the reader "dive into" the full meaning? What do you think the purpose of telling us about the Negro boy and girl? What kinds of feelings do these "characters" evoke in the reader? Do you think there was any other effective way of beginning the book? If so, what other ideas do you have for an introduction? Do you think the introduction was perfect in creating the intended mood?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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