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. Who was the prominent lawyer that had to leave the state after he delivered a speech after the Sunday school bombing?

2. MLK talks of people wondering "what the Negro will expect as he gains rights" and he likens the Negro people demanding more to what person?

3. Who said, "Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God"?

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

5. What does MLK consider one significant element of the March on Washington?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did MLK wonder about the media writers when they accused the campaign officials of "using" their children "in this fashion"?

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

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

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

5. What is the relevant question that MLK mentions that must be asked to atone for the injustices the Negro has faced in the past?

6. What did approximately 125 business leaders see when they left for lunch during the May 7th Senior Citizens Committee meeting?

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

8. Why does MLK state that they could thank the segregationists for the revolution that started in Birmingham?

9. Why does MLK state that no revolution is like a ballet?

10. What are the four basic steps in any nonviolent campaign that MLK mentions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Sword That Heals," MLK mentions a man named Marcus Garvey. Who was Marcus Garvey, and what was his involvement with the Negro population in America? What type of movement did Garvey call for? Why does MLK state that Garvey's plan was doomed? Do you think most of the Negro population felt the same way? Why or why not? After the "death" of the Garvey movement, what was the new development that was conducted by the N.A.A.C.P.?

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

The book, Why We Can't Wait, is written by Martin Luther King, Jr. about the time of the civil rights movement during the 1960s in which Birmingham became the center of attention for the nation to watch those "fighting" for freedom. How do you think MLK's perspective on the details of these events affected the reader of the book? How would the details of the events be told differently if we were reading a book by Bull Connor? How about a book by Jesse Jackson? Explain your answers and use evidence from the book to support those answers.

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