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Mini-Quiz: Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech in 1963

by Ron Kurtus (revised 8 August 2005)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What did King mean when he said they came to "cash a check?"

He wanted people to get money for listening to him speak

It was a poetic figure of speech indicating they had been promised freedom

He wanted to show how difficult it was to cash a check without identification

2. Why did he repeat "I have a dream" so many times?

To emphasize the many aspects of his dreams

Because he wasn't sure what his dream was

To make sure the media picked up on the phrase

3. How did he inspire his audience?

By demanding nation-wide protests

By reaching their hearts with an emotional speech

By turning and saluting the flag when he was finished

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Learning from Historical Speeches. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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