This resource includes a test of 50 multiple-choice questions and 5 essay/free response prompts that cover the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The test covers topics such as: key leaders of the movement, voting rights, major campaigns and events of the 1950s and 1960s (such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, March on Washington, March from Selma to Montgomery, etc.), pivotal Supreme Court cases (such as Brown v. Board and Loving v. Virginia), the assassinations of key leaders, challenges and victories of the movement, and more! The test is fully editable to meet your needs, so you can use it as one comprehensive test or pick and choose questions to build your own assessments. These questions can be used on tests, quizzes, writing assignments, or final exams. Check out the preview to see some sample questions.
Based on the California Standards Below:
11.10 Students analyze the development of federal civil rights and voting rights.
1. Explain how demands of African Americans helped produce a stimulus for civil rights, including President Roosevelt’s ban on racial discrimination in defense industries in 1941, and how African Americans’ service in World War II produced a stimulus for President Truman’s decision to end segregation in the armed forces in 1948.
2. Examine and analyze the key events, policies, and court cases in the evolution of civil rights, including Dred Scott v. Sandford, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, and California Proposition 209.
3. Describe the collaboration on legal strategy between African American and white civil rights lawyers to end racial segregation in higher education.
4. Examine the roles of civil rights advocates (e.g., A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X, Thurgood Marshall, James Farmer, Rosa Parks), including the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and “I Have a Dream” speech.
5. Discuss the diffusion of the civil rights movement of African Americans from the churches of the rural South and the urban North, including the resistance to racial desegregation in Little Rock and Birmingham, and how the advances influenced the agendas, strategies, and effectiveness of the quests of American Indians, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans for civil rights and equal opportunities.
6. Analyze the passage and effects of civil rights and voting rights legislation (e.g., 1964 Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act of 1965) and the Twenty-Fourth Amendment, with an emphasis on equality of access to education and to the political process.
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