Martin Luther King Quiz

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  1. What was the purpose of the Montgomery, Alabama Bus boycott led by Martin Luther King?
    a. to lower bus fares
    b. to stop the city's segregated seating policyon buses
    c. to provide better pay for bus drivers

  2. What was a key factor to victory in the Montgomery bus boycott?
    a. the governor of Alabama ordering the buses to desegregate
    b. the orderly and nonviolent approach of the demonstrations
    c. the assassination of President Kennedy

  3. King often went to jail during his life. Why was he so willing to go?
    a. he believed his cause was just and was willing to go to jail for it
    b. he knew the President would get him out
    c. he wanted to see how the police treated black Americans in jails

  4. What did King learn on his trip to India?
    a. he had little support for his movement there
    b. that people there had forgotten Ghandi's work
    c. he reaffirmed his belief that Ghandi's philosophy of nonviolence was indeed powerful

  5. What was a ̉sit inÓ and what was its purpose?
    a. people sat on busy public roads to protest segregation policies
    b. people occupied university administration buildings to protest
    c. segregation policies
    d. people occupied white only seating at department store restaurants to protest segregation policies

  6. How did John F. Kennedy influence the civil rights movement ? Did he help or hinder it ?
    a. he helped it by supporting King and introducing new civil rights legislation
    b. he hindered it by doing nothing because he was afraid of losing unsympathetic voters in the 1964 election
    c. he helped it by openly declaring all segregation policies as un-American

  7. What did the Freedom Riders do and what was their purpose?
    a. they were black and white Americans who rode on Harley Davidson motorcycles to declare all states desegregated
    b. they were black and white American protesters who sat together on interstate buses travelling through states with bus segregation laws
    c. they were black and white hitchhikers who travelled through segregated states protesting segregation laws

  8. King decided that if he was to be truly successful he needed to lead a protest at the heart of segregated America; Birmingham, Alabama. Why did this demonstration generate such wide support for King's cause with mainstream Americans ?
    a. the protest was brutally put down with dogs, police batons and water hoses
    b. Americans nationwide were able to witness the nonviolent protesters on TV the Chief of Police, Bull Conner used excessive force
    c. all answers are correct

  9. How was Malcolm X different from King?
    a. he was willing to use any means necessary, including violence to free black Americans from white dominance
    b. he was a militant who felt guns were the answer to freedom
    c. he was a member of the Black Panthers

  10. What was the purpose of the march led by James Meredith to Chicago?
    a. it was a march in support of desegregated restaurants
    b. it was a march in support of improving poor economic conditions of black Americans
    c. it was a march in support of voting rights for black Americans

  11. What 3 things happened which made Martin Luther King more of a national and world wide figure in 1964 ?
    a. he met the President of the United States, toured India and gave seminars all over the world
    b. he visited India, gave a world televised speech at the United Nations and went on a world wide seminar tour
    c. he received the Nobel Peace Prize, witnessed the signing of the Civil Rights Act and was featured on the cover of Time magazine

  12. How did King's position on the Vietnam War make him less popular with mainstream Americans ?
    a. his anti-war stance made him appear unpatriotic
    b. his pro-war position angered protesters who supported his civil rights campaign
    c. his anti-war stance angered Lyndon Johnson who was a popular President

Copyright (C) 1998 by Terry Wacholtz (kurry@gol.com)
This quiz is part of the HTML-Only Self-Study Quizzes which is part of Activities for ESL Students, a project by The Internet TESL Journal.