Black History Quiz

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1. During his career, Frederick Douglass
  a. was known for his powerful speaking
  b. worked with white abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, founder of the newspaper, The Liberator
  c. was born a slave but escaped to freedom
  d. served as an enlistment officer during the Civil War, then as a minister to Haiti and as US Marshall for the District of Columbia
  e. all of the above

2. The spiritual, Go Down Moses, has these lyrics: Go down Moses, Way down in Egypt land, Tell ole Pharaoh, Let my people go. This song refers to:
  a. Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
  b. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement
  c. Malcolm X and the Black Panther Movement
  d. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition

3. Mary Elizabeth Bowser was
  a. a black woman who acted as a spy for the union army
  b. a former slave and founder of the Freedman's Bureau
  c. the first black woman elected to Congress
  d. the first black professor at Howard University

4. Sojourner Truth
  a. was often thought to be a man
  b. was a pracher and abolitionist
  c. was a women's rights activist and one of the first people to link the oppression of black slaves with the oppression of women
  d. refused to face the indignities of Jim Crow segregation on streetcars
  e. all of the above

5. The Emancipation Proclamation
  a. was signed into law soon after Lincoln was elected
  b. was announced immediately after the Surrender at Appomattox
  c. originally applied only to slaves in Rebel states
  d. was one of Lincoln's most impressive and well-written speeches
  e. none of the above

6. At the time they were made, the Supreme Court decisions below were expected to have an impact on race relations in this country. In which case(s) was the impact expected to be unfavorable to black Americans?
  a. Dred Scott Decision
  b. Plessy v. Ferguson
  c. Brown v. Board of Education
  d. University of California Regents v. Bakke
  e. a, b, and d

7. In 1985, black famlies in the US earned 55 percent of the family income of whites. Today, black family incomes are
  a. about the same difference as before, 56 percent of whites
  b. about 65 percent of whites
  c. about 75 percent of whites
  d. about 87 percent of whites

8. When was the first black woman elected to the US Senate?
  a. 1964
  b. 1972
  c. 1980
  d. 1992

9. The first Black state governor was
  a. Shirley Chisholm
  b. Douglas Wilder
  c. Andrew Young
  d. Stokely Carmichel

10. the 1963 March on Washington was
  a. co-chaired by Martin Luther King, Jr. and five other leaders of black organizations
  b. the largest demonstration of its kind
  c. a rally to build support for President Kennedy's Civil Rights bill
  d. best remembered for King's I Have A Dream speech
  e. all of the above



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