Test Your Knowledge Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • 1. 

    What year was Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated?

    • A.

      1960

    • B.

      1963

    • C.

      1968

    • D.

      1973

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. 1968
    Explanation
    He was killed in Memphis, Tennessee where he had gone to support a strike by sanitation workers.

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  • 2. 

    Where did Rosa Parks become famous?

    • A.

      At a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina

    • B.

      At a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas

    • C.

      On a bus in Montgomery, Alabama

    • D.

      On a march in Selma, Alabama

    • E.

      In a restaurant for all whites only

    Correct Answer
    C. On a bus in Montgomery, Alabama
    Explanation
    on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her arrest Dec. 1 lead to a yearlong boycott aimed to desegregate the bus system.

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  • 3. 

    Which president signed the first major civil rights act of the 20th Century?

    • A.

      John F. Kennedy

    • B.

      Lyndon B. Johnson

    • C.

      Richard M. Nixon

    • D.

      Ronald Reagan

    • E.

      Jimmy Carter

    Correct Answer
    B. Lyndon B. Johnson
    Explanation
    Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2 that year.

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  • 4. 

    Which president signed the law creating the Martin Luther King holiday?

    • A.

      John F. Kennedy

    • B.

      Lyndon B. Johnson

    • C.

      Richard M. Nixon

    • D.

      Ronald Reagan

    • E.

      Jimmy Carter

    Correct Answer
    D. Ronald Reagan
    Explanation
    Ronald Reagan signed it in November 1983, more than 15 years after King was killed.

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  • 5. 

    What was the name of King's first book?

    • A.

      Stride Toward Freedom

    • B.

      Dreamer

    • C.

      Why We Can't Wait

    • D.

      We Shall Overcome

    • E.

      I Have a Dream

    Correct Answer
    A. Stride Toward Freedom
    Explanation
    Stride to Freedom was his first book published when he was 29 years old.

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  • 6. 

    Where was the tactic of the sit-in protest first used?

    • A.

      At a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina

    • B.

      At a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas

    • C.

      On a bus in Birmingham, Alabama

    • D.

      On a march in Selma, Alabama

    • E.

      In a public library for whites only

    Correct Answer
    A. At a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina
    Explanation
    At a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina - the 1960 protest was one of the key moments in the civil rights movement

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  • 7. 

    Where did King deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech?

    • A.

      At Ebenezer Baptist Church

    • B.

      In front of the Atlanta City Hall

    • C.

      At the Lincoln Memorial

    • D.

      At the Nobel Prize Ceremony

    • E.

      On the steps of the White House

    Correct Answer
    C. At the Lincoln Memorial
    Explanation
    At the Lincoln Memorial - he addressed a quarter-million people who turned out for the 1963 March on Washington.

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  • 8. 

    What foreign figure has King been compared to?

    • A.

      Elijah Muhammad

    • B.

      Charles de Gaulle

    • C.

      Mohandas Gandhi

    • D.

      Albert Nobel

    • E.

      Nelson Mandela

    Correct Answer
    C. Mohandas Gandhi
    Explanation
    Mohandas Gandhi - King admired Gandhi greatly, and traveled to India in 1959.

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  • 9. 

    What year was the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday first observed?

    • A.

      1967

    • B.

      1969

    • C.

      1973

    • D.

      1983

    • E.

      1986

    Correct Answer
    E. 1986
    Explanation
    1986 - the first legislation for the holiday had been proposed almost 18 years earlier

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  • 10. 

    What black leader was killed five years before King's assassination?

    • A.

      James Meredith

    • B.

      Malcolm X

    • C.

      Stokely Carmichael

    • D.

      Medgar Evers

    • E.

      Angela Davis

    Correct Answer
    D. Medgar Evers
    Explanation
    Medgar Evers - The NAACP leader was murdered June 12, 1963.

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