Martin Luther King Jr

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Read the following passage and answer the questions below:



Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was initially named “Michael King, Jr.”, until 1935, when “his father changed both of their names to Martin to honour the German Protestant (Martin Luther). He entered Morehouse College at age fifteen, skipping his ninth and twelfth high school grades without formally graduating. In 1948, he graduated from Morehouse with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in sociology. In September 1951, King began doctoral studies in systematic theology at Boston University and in 1953, at age 24, King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

            King also became a civil right activist early in his career. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956) and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957), serving as its first president. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Here he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means.







Answer the following questions.


1.     Where was Martin Luther King, Jr. born?

A         Birmingham, Alabama

B          Memphis, Tennessee

C          Chicago, Illinois

D         Atlanta, Georgia


2.     King was __________________ years old when he entered college.

A         15

B          17

C          18

D         25


3.     Dr. King became the leader of a bus boycott that was organized to end segregation in …..

A         Montgomery, Alabama

B          Jackson, Mississippi

C          Burbank, California

D         Athens, Georgia


4.     Dr. King was the pastor of a ____________________ church.

A         Baptist

B          Methodist

C          Lutheran

D         Catholic


5.     Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great orator (public speaker). His most famous speech has become known as the “ ______________________” speech.

A         It’s Time for Justice

B          We shall Overcome

C          United We Stand

D         A Have a Dream

Posted By: Meena Mohan Das Category: Reading

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About Meena Mohan Das

Mrs. Meena Mohan Das is an elementary school teacher in Malaysia since July1988. She was born in Kluang, a district in the state of Johor. She obtained her certificate in Teacher Training from Mohd Khalid Teacher’s Training College in Johor Bahru, Johor. Her first posting was in Kupang Primary School in Kedah where she taught for six months. Thereafter, she moved to LKTP Felda Kemelah Primary school from 1989 to 1990 and subsequently to Sri Skudai Primary School in December 1990 till present. She has been the Head of the English Language Panel since 1995 in the present school. She has also been a recipient for a Merit Award in 2006 for excellent performance in school.  She obtained her Bachelor of Education in TESL in University Putra Malaysia in 2002. In 2014 she graduated from University Teknologi Malaysia with Masters in Teaching of English as a Second Language.  The research topics done are “Use Of Mind-Mapping and Flashcards in Vocabulary Development among Year 5 Students” and “Process Writing to Enhance Writing Abilities among Year 5 Students”. She has co-authored a journal with Dr Shanthi Sandaran on “The Importance of Vocabulary Development for English Language Teaching and Learning: The Malaysian ESL Context”. 

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