Origins of Civil Rights Movement Quiz

1. Most school districts in the south voluntarily agreed to desegregation and worked with the federal government to do so promptly.


2. 1896 Supreme Court case that permitted laws segregating black Americans as long as “separate but equal” facilities were provided.

A. Kramer v. Kramer
B. Marbury v. Madison
C. Plessy v. Ferguson
D. Dred Scott v. Sandford

3. 1954 Supreme Court case which held that racial segregation in school was unconstitutional.

A. Schenk v. United States
B. Loving v. Virginia
C. Korematsu v. United States
D. Brown v. Board of Education

4. What did Rosa Parks do in 1955 that would ultimately lead to her becoming known as “the first lade of civil rights?”

A. She attempted to enroll in college.
B. She became the first Black woman to vote in Alabama.
C. She refused to give up her seat to a white man on a public bus.
D. She refused to give up her seat to a white man at a diner.

5. Teenager who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955: his death helped spark the civil rights movement and he posthumously became an icon of the movement.

A. Emmett Otter
B. Emmett Till
C. Emmitt Smith
D. Emmett Cullen

6. POTUS 34 (and born in Texas), he stated, “I don’t believe you can change the hearts of men with laws or decisions,” but he ultimately sent troops into the south to protect the rights of black Americans.

A. Dwight D. Eisenhower
B. Richard M. Nixon
C. John F. Kennedy
D. Harry S. Truman

7. Twenty-six year old pastor picked to run the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

A. Martin Luther
B. Marcus Garvey
C. Martin Luther King, Jr.
D. Booker T. Washington

8. Civil rights group established in 1957 to eliminate segregation and encourage blacks to vote.

A. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
B. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
C. Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
D. National Education Association (NEA)

9. Legislation signed by POTUS 34 that created the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

A. Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
B. Civil Rights Act of 1957
C. Taft-Hartley Act
D. Civil Rights Act of 1875

10. In what state neighboring Texas did the governor use National Guard troops to prevent 9 black students from entering a high school in 1957?

A. Louisiana
B. Oklahoma
C. New Mexico
D. Arkansas

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