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. When MLK appeared on the show, "Meet the Press," who appeared on the show with him?

2. By the end of April, the attitude of the national press had changed, and the coverage the campaign received was what?

3. MLK describes hate-filled youth that murdered a Negro boy while he was out doing what?

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

5. What is the dream that came true for MLK that he mentions at the end of "Black and White Together"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though MLK would be considered the protagonist, how could the Negro population as a whole also be considered the protagonist? What kinds of conflicts do the Negroes face? What kind of conflicts with specific people do they face? What kind of conflicts with society do they face? What kind of conflicts with themselves do they face? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book we read about fear and experience this frequently. MLK mention's that Bull Connor's Birmingham had the silent password of fear. The black people were oppressed, so there was fear. Why does MLK say the white citizens were fearful? Why did the thought of change bring fear among Negros and white citizens too? Why and how did Bull Connor strike a sense of fear in the city? What other instances of fear do you find in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Who is your favorite person in the book? Why did this person appeal to you? What characteristics did you like about this person? Were there any characteristics you didn't like about this person? Why? What does this person add to the book, and how does this person relate to the events and to MLK? How would the events have changed if this person did not exist? Would anything remain the same if this person was absent? Why or why not?

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