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In the first paragraph, King evokes Abraham Lincoln without referring to him by name by means of

  1. An allusion to one of Lincoln’s speeches

  2. A reference to a concrete symbol of Lincoln

  3. A reference to one of Lincoln’s presidential accomplishments

  1. I only

  2. II only

  3. I and II only

  4. II and III only

  5. I, II, and III



In the second paragraph, the primary purpose of King’s repetition of “One hundred years later” is most likely to

  1. Remind his listeners that it is 1963

  2. Show that the changes he proposes are long overdue

  3. Show that the Emancipation Proclamation was a flawed decree

  4. Emphasize the specifics of the inequities he is describing

  5. Highlight the inevitable sluggishness of progress



The main point King makes with the comparison to cashing a check (“When the architects…freedom and the security of justice) is that

(a)African Americans have been denied economic opportunities

(b)a prosperous nation should provide equal opportunities to all

(c)American are sometimes unethical in economic matters

(d)African Americans are entitled to the rights he is addressing

(e)the founding of the nation ignored the rights of African Americans



The transition which begins in the seventh paragraph (“But there is something…”) is most likely aimed at those who

(a)believe King may be condoning violence

(b) do not believe King is completely sincere

(c) think King is not passionate enough in his beliefs

(d) are not completely committed to King’s position

(e) doubt that justice for everyone will ever come



In the eighth paragraph, King makes his case against physical violence primarily by

  1. Condemning those who offer violence as an alternative

  2. Alluding to activist who have been effective without violence

  3. Using positive words to contrast with the idea of violence

  4. Pointing out that violence is not a practical solution

  5. Showing that violence has been ineffective thus far



King answers those who ask, “When will you be satisfied?” primarily by employing

  1. Metaphorical allusions

  2. Specific examples

  3. Historical analogies

  4. Rhetorical syntax

  5. Atypical Syntax



The tone of the paragraph that begins “I am not unmindful” could best be described as



(c) exhortative





The paragraph that begins “I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama,” is particularly effective because of the contrast between

(a) Alabama and other states

(b) boys and girls

(c) racists and the governor

(d)King’s qualifications and the governor’s actions

(e)a negative situation and a positive vision



In the same paragraph the sentence that begins “This is our hope,” the first-person pronouns serve to show that King

  1. Is a Southerner

  2. Identifies with his audience

  3. Considers himself an America

  1. II only

  2. I and II only

  3. I and III only

  4. II and III only

  5. I, II, and III



In the second to last paragraph the sentence that begins “So let freedom ring,” the phrase “But not only that” emphasizes King’s belief that

  1. Racism is a particularly severe problem in the South

  2. The entire country is ready to enact great changes

  3. The writers of “My Country ‘Tis o f Thee” were not referring to the South

  4. The South is enthusiastic about implementing his new ideas

  5. His speech will change attitudes, even in the South



The effect of the numerous Biblical allusions is to

  1. Highlight King’s position as a minister

  2. Emphasize that King is speaking only to Christians

  3. Elevate King’s quest to a “mission”

  1. I only

  2. III only

  3. I and III only

  4. II and III only

  5. I, II, and III



All of the following are employed in this speech EXCEPT








The diction of this speech could best be characterized as

  1. Pejorative and direct

  2. A mixture of colloquial and inflated language

  3. Elevated and erudite

  4. A mixture of scholarly language and slang

  5. Almost exclusively allusive



King’s primary purpose in the speech is apparently to

  1. Appease by affirming common beliefs

  2. Educate by citing specific examples

  3. Provoke by inciting angry response

  4. Inspire by suggesting possibilities

  5. Soothe by providing hope


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