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Georgia Milestone Questions

October 31

Using the two poems we studied this past week answer the following:

  1. In “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, Weldon writes:  "Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod / Felt in the days when hope unborn had died / Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet / Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?"


Weldon wrote this to show:


  1. Blacks in bondage longed for their freedom, is certain, and to know their children gained it had to be a matter of satisfaction for them.
  2. Blacks had a long hard road to freedom
  3. Blacks do not have all the freedoms as others


  1. This poem celebrates freedom, while acknowledging there were many others along the way who never enjoyed it.


Who is the intended audience for this poem?

A. The people of Jacksonville for whom the poem was performed as a song in 1900.

B. It speaks of all African Americans who ever had a family member that was a slave.

C. The congregation of a church

3. In Langston Hughes’ poem “ Let America be America Again” in line he writes  "America was never America to me."

What does the author mean by this statement?

  1. America is not his home country
  2. That he has never experienced freedom or equality in America
  3. America is not the country it should be.

4. Who does the speaker of the poem represent?

             A. The speaker represents every starving, poor, and disenfranchised person who is struggling to survive in this "land of dreams."

             B. People in power who feed on people's lives.

C. The leaders of the Civil Rights movement

5. What is the theme of Langston Hughes’ poem “ Let America be America Again”?

A. America is the land of freedom.
B. America has a lot to offer to all people.
C. America does not live up to what it should be. There are many people who’ve come here with hopes and dreams and they’re being let down. 

November 7

1. The visual represents the most frequently used words withinMartin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. Explain the purpose behind the repetition of these words.


Taken from: http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/speech-analysis-dream-martin-luther-king/


2. This document is a significant part of the Civil Rights movement because?

a.      It helped unify the movement and gave people hope
b.      Told people to go home and the government would take care of them
c.       it was given at the Lincoln Memorial

3. According to the speech, to whom did the Emancipation Proclamation give hope?

a.      Negro slaves in Africa
b.      Negro slaves in the United States
c.       Native Americans whose land had been taken from them

4. Martin Luther King referenced various founding American documents
within his speech. What is the significance of using these documents as
examples/references within the "I Have a Dream Speech"?

  1. To remind people that other speeches have been made
  2. To help establish legitimacy for his speech and the ideals it addressed.
  3. To let people know there are other speeches they can read

5. How did Martin Luther King Jr. create a changing American society?

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