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Mini-Quiz: Excerpts from Martin Luther King's Speeches

by Ron Kurtus (12 February 2005)

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

1. Why did Dr. King use the same mini-speeches over and over?

He couldn't think of anything else to say

His contract required certain phrases in each speech

He found each highly effective

2. Why did people in the audience shout things out during his speeches?

They disagreed and were angry with him

Vocalizations are common in African-American churches

It is a technique similar to the canned applause heard on many television shows

3. How did these mini-speeches inspire his audience?

By the emotion appeal, seeking what is right and fair

By agitating then and calling them to action

By appealing to their desire to get even with the oppressors

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.

Speak with gusto

Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project - Stanford University

Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech - 1963 - Text and study

Historic Speeches Resources


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