Advice for the Exams
The place to begin is by reading the syllabus material describing the exam.
You have three kinds of material to study:
This includes information on the history of the civil rights
movement and on the civil rights struggle. The material is from Williams, the films, and
Various tools for understandings texts and how they respond to situations. This includes
the material from Campbell and from lectures and class discussions.
Speeches as responses to context. The material that you have read in the book of readings.
This includes all speeches discussed in class.
You may be asked material on any of this material, and essay questions will ask you to integrate
them: to use the tools to explain how the speeches respond to the context.
- Material on the historical context.
The format of the Exam:
(multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, etc.)
- Half of exam is short answer
Half of exam will be essay
- This will test your understanding of dates, important events, speakers, and what they
- Will ask you to analyze speeches or compare and contrast other material from the
Advice on Studying for the Exam
- On the short answer material:
- We have tended to jump around somewhat in studying events. I recommend you
construct a timeline that orients you to the order in which speeches and events we have
- There is a time line in the Williams' book that will help you.
- On each of the speeches you studied you need to know:
- the date on which it was given
- who it was that gave it
- why it was important
Sample Essay test questions
This is not a list I will choose from among, but merely some examples of the type of questions
that might be asked.
- Select a speech that obtains its power from its argument. Explain that power.
- Explain changes in demands on speeches as the civil rights movement evolved.
- What part did religion play in speeches of the civil rights movement? Illustrate your claims
with references to specific speeches.
- What were the major demands on Martin Luther King as he rose to speak at the March on
Washington? How well did he meet them? Defend your choices of demands and your
explanation for how he responded to them.
- What aspects of the civil right rhetoric traces its roots to the rhetoric of the slave quarters?
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