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. MLK proposes in "The Days To Come" that just like the GI Bill of Rights was awarded to war veterans, then what should be awarded to "our veterans of the long siege of denial"?

2. Whose descendants showed up with banners saying, "Order Before Justice"?

3. When the police ran out of paddy wagons to bring people in to the jail, what other two vehicles did they end up using to transport people?

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

5. What kind of acceptance does MLK say is more bewildering than outright rejection?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does MLK state that the American Negro knows through painful experience?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Jesse Jackson's afterward, he describes some of the impacts and results that the movement in Birmingham had on the country and on the south. He speaks about Atlanta being able to host the Olympics and Orlando being about to be the number one tourist destination in the country. None of this would have been possible in the Old South. What does Jesse Jackson describe as different as far as the nation's Presidents are concerned? What does Jackson mean when he says that "great change rarely comes from the top down"? What does that quote have to do with this book? Explain your answers, and use specific examples from the book to support your views.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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