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I Have a Dream READING Worksheet

I Have a Dream READING Worksheet

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MARTIN LUTHER KING ’S “ I HAVE A DREAM ” SPEECH
 
READING COMPREHENSION
 
 
GENERAL COMPREHENSION
a-
Summary
 
 
Using the words “
equa
l” (line 7), “
freedom
” and “
 justice
” (line 13) sum up MartinLuther King’sdream.
b-
Structure of the text
 
 
 The text can be divided into two parts. Complete with theappropriate number line.
 
Part one up to line …..
: In his dream of America, Martin Luther King denounces the conditions of the blackpeople in the U.Sin the past and at the time of his speech.
From line ....... to the end :
In this second part he has optimism for their future.
 
DETAILED COMPREHENSION
 
PART 1
– the past and the present conditions of the Blacksa) Tick the correct answers.1.
 The title alludes
(fait allusion)
to the American Dream.
a personal dream Martin Luther King had.
 Justify by quoting from the text
................................................................................................................................................
2.
Line 7 is an extract from the American Constitution.
American Declaration of Independence.
b) Quote the line where the past slavery in America is being alluded to.
............................................................................................................................................................. Justify with one adjective taken from that line
.......................................................................................
c) Explain the situation in Mississippi as described in the text.
. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................
d)
George Wallace, the governor of Alabama, refused to obey the Civil Rights Act of 1964 whichwas voted by the Federal Government.
 
Quote the passage indicating Martin Luther King’sindignation.
.............................................................................................................................................................
e) Indicate the names of the states mentioned so far on the map at the end of the writtencomprehension.
 
PART 2
– the future
 
a) What is the key word in this part?
…………………………….
b) What is the key word from lines 24 to 28 showing that King’s optimism is based on his religiousbeliefs
.............................................................................................................................................................
c) Why are King’s images taken from the Bible or from nature?
..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
d) Give the names of the religions alluded to line 48. Why are they all mentioned?
..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
e) Tick the correct answer and justify each time with an example from the text.1.
King wants to give his religious conviction to the whole American people. Yes
No
2.
He becomes a kind of new prophet preaching from the top of a mountain. Yes
No
3.
He wants to be heard by the whole human race. Yes
No
f) Why does he quote an old Negro spiritual?
.............................................................................................................................................................
g) Put the names of the states mentioned by Martin Luther King on the map.
 Task :
 
 
Symbolism and imagery
a) Complete the following table with examples from part one and two; choose only someexamples.
Use of repetitionsof sentencesUse of synonymsUse of parallelconstructionsOppositionsand antonymsImages from theBible or fromnatureMetaphors(2 examples)
b) Explain why Martin Luther King’s style is effective
(efficace).
(60 words)
Match each value with its definition:
A mental picture of the future 
brotherhood

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