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. What is defined as a movement that changes both people and institutions?

2. What does MLK state the moderates were doing for the Negro instead of asking him to stay in his "old ghetto"?

3. What city was the night-club comic performing in when he joked that if the demonstrators had been served, they wouldn't have been able to pay for their meals?

4. What does MLK state is the answer to the most desperate need of all humanity?

5. What did Mahatma Gandi do in moral leadership to set an example for his nation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the two reasons that MLK accepted bond to come out of jail in the beginning of "Black and White Together"?

2. In "Letter from Birmingham Jail," who is the letter addressed to and why is it written?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. What does MLK say is the difference between just laws and unjust laws?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Bull Connor's Birmingham," MLK describes what it would be like to be a Negro baby born in Birmingham and brought up in Birmingham. He describes what that child would endure. What are some of the points he brings out about being a Negro child at this time? MLK then goes on to say that this same person would not be able to join a branch of the N.A.A.C.P. Why? How does he describe finding a job as a Negro in Birmingham?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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