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. In his letter, MLK states that he has heard the word "Wait!" for years and that this word "Wait!" has always meant what?

2. When MLK writes a letter to his fellow clergymen, he tells them that he heard they have called his activities what?

3. 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?

4. Who said, "I wish he'd been carried away in a hearse" after they had heard that Fred Shuttlesworth was injured?

5. MLK states that the Revolution is genuine because it was born from the same womb that always gives birth to massive social upheavals. The womb of intolerable conditions and unendurable what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When MLK is discussing the difference between a revolt and a revolution, what does he state a revolt is?

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

4. Why does MLK state that "we were all involved with" John F. Kennedy's death?

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

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

7. What does MLK say about injustice that explains why he felt like he needed to be involved with the city of Birmingham to help the civil rights movement?

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

9. When MLK talks about the number of S.C.L.C. affiliates jumping from 85 to 100, he mentions that more than one million Americans attended solidarity demonstrations in what cities?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this book there are times when the reader can learn interesting facts about things that they might not have known previously. What things in the book are educational, and what new things did you learn? Was there anything you learned that you had never heard of? If so, what was it? Were there particular things that you had heard of but learned about in more detail? If so, what things were they?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

After MLK and the other leaders had decided to lead a demonstration on April 12th, they received what type of bad news? What did this news do to the hopefulness of the leaders? Why was MLK told that he could not go to jail now? What did MLK think about when he was presented with this news? MLK states that he walked to another room by himself. He says, "I think I was standing also at the center of all that my life had brought me to be." What does he mean by these words? Why did MLK not back down after the bad news, and why did he decide that he would have to go to jail if needed?

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