Quiz: How Well Do You Know Martin Luther King Jr?
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How Well Do You Know Martin Luther King Jr?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of a massive crowd and spoke these words: “I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." When he uttered those famous sentences in Washington D.C. he was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. In this quiz, do you really think you know the man they call “MLK”?

In the wake of World War II, life returned to normal for much of America, and for black citizens — particularly those constrained by Jim Crow laws of the South — oppression and prejudice were daily realities. What do you know about the social conditions that framed the life of the young Martin Luther King Jr.?
King was raised in a family with deep spiritual roots and he had a social conscience from a young age. He also greatly valued education and the opportunities it offered. Do you know anything about the childhood of this famous activist? 

In the turbulent Sixties, King became an icon whose power and inspiring character made him one of the 20th century's greatest leaders. His passions were always at their greatest heights when he spoke to crowds: “ "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!"

Take our MLK quiz right now! We’ll find out if you really know anything about the man who endured public and political scrutiny of the worst kind in hopes of bringing justice to his people.

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In 1963, during the March on Washington, what did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?
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King was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He encouraged his followers to use which tactics to achieve their goals?
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During his first years in college, King gravitated toward which subjects?
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When he was just six, one of King’s favorite playmates abruptly disappeared from his life. Why?
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When he was 15, King worked for a short time in Connecticut, a place well beyond the segregated South. What sort of impression did the experience have on him?
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What was King’s first name at birth?
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In 1963, King was part of demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, in which police used _____ on protesters.
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True or false, did King serve as a soldier in World War II?
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In 1954, King became a Baptist preacher in which city?
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King attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, where he became known for what?
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On March 7, 1965, King helped to organize a protest march in Selma, Alabama, but police violently cracked down on the marchers. The event became known as ______.
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In college, King met a woman named _____ and eventually married her.
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In Montgomery, King became a leader during a boycott of which business?
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King was extremely active in politics. Between 1957 and 1968, he gave about how many speeches?
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When he was 35 years old, King became the youngest man ever to _____.
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As an up-and-coming political activist, King was well aware of the power of which tool?
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How many times was King arrested in his life?
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How did President Johnson’s administration treat King and his followers?
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On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated. What happened?
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How did the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover approach King and his movement?
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True or false, was King a communist?
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A few days after King’s death, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which mostly addressed which issue?
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January 20th is now recognized as _______.
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