The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Quiz

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Quiz

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement and an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world. He strongly believed in realizing social change through the use of nonviolent methods. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday on January 15. Many cities and countries around the world observe the holiday to honor his memory.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What was King’s legal first name, as incorrectly recorded on his birth certificate?
    • A. 

      Michael

    • B. 

      Marvin

    • C. 

      Martin

    • D. 

      Morton

  • 2. 
    King was a precocious student and demonstrated a keen intellect at a very young age.  He skipped both the ninth and the twelfth grade and entered what college at age fifteen without formally graduating from high school?
    • A. 

      The University of Georgia

    • B. 

      Harvard University

    • C. 

      Wheaton College

    • D. 

      Morehouse College

  • 3. 
    At what famous 1939 movie premiere did King and his church choir sing?
    • A. 

      The Wizard of Oz

    • B. 

      Gone with the Wind

    • C. 

      The Grapes of Wrath

    • D. 

      A Raisin in the Sun

  • 4. 
    In 1963, King was arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham, Alabama. What famous piece of work did he write during that time?
    • A. 

      The "I Have a Dream" Speech

    • B. 

      The "I've Been to the Mountaintop" Speech

    • C. 

      Letter From Birmingham City Jail

    • D. 

      The "Where Do We Go From Here?" Speech

  • 5. 
    In 1964, King became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize. How old was he?
    • A. 

      32

    • B. 

      35

    • C. 

      39

    • D. 

      42

  • 6. 
    Where did King give his famous 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech?
    • A. 

      During the March on Washington

    • B. 

      At John F. Kennedy's inauguration

    • C. 

      During a freedom walk in Detroit

    • D. 

      The balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis

  • 7. 
    King received a Ph.D in Theology from what educational institution?
    • A. 

      Harvard University

    • B. 

      Morehouse College

    • C. 

      The University of Georgia

    • D. 

      Boston University

  • 8. 
    From 1957 until his death in 1968, how many books did King author?
    • A. 

      4

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      6

    • D. 

      7

  • 9. 
    King is one of ten 20th Century martyrs to have a statue where?
    • A. 

      St. Peter's Basilica

    • B. 

      Notre Dame Cathedral

    • C. 

      Westminster Abbey

    • D. 

      The Smithsonian

  • 10. 
    In what year was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day established as a U.S. federal holiday?
    • A. 

      1982

    • B. 

      1986

    • C. 

      1989

    • D. 

      1992

  • 11. 
    In what year, during his last speech, did King say the following? "Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!"
    • A. 

      1966

    • B. 

      1967

    • C. 

      1968

    • D. 

      1969

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