1. What early African American literary form do critics often link The Autobiography of Malcolm X to in their effort to show its mark on America and the literary world?
Critics believe that Malcolm X's Autobiography can be linked to slave narratives, a “primary way African Americans have foisted their consciousness” on this country.
2. What traumatic encounter in Malcolm Little's early education robbed him of his dream of becoming a lawyer?
A cruel teacher told the academically talented student that he should “be more realistic” about the opportunities open to him as an African American and dissuaded him from pursuing high goals.
3. How did Malcolm Little rebuild his life after a youth devoted to drug dealing and use, and what symbolic change denoted this turnaround?
Malcolm Little rebuilt his life in prison by reading and discovering spiritual inspiration in the teachings of the Nation of Islam. He changed his name to Malcolm X to signal the transformation he'd undergone in prison.
4. What media event in 1959 made Malcolm X an instant national celebrity?
The event that catapulted Malcolm X onto the national stage was his television debut as the focus of Mike Wallace's documentary “The Hate That Hate Produced.”
5. What was Malcolm X's relationship to the civil rights movement spearheaded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?
Malcolm X was not a part of the civil rights movement. He strongly opposed Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolent protest.
6. What important change in Malcolm X's outlook occurred in March l964 as a result of his hajj, the sacred pilgrimage he made to Mecca to affirm his Muslim faith?