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Robert Kennedy on Civil Rights, 1963

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  • Q1
    According to Robert Kennedy, how might the historian see 1962?
    as a year of resegregation
    as a year of resistance by the south
    as a year of great progress in civil rights
    as a year of rioting and violence
    120s
  • Q2
    What does Robert Kennedy describe throughout his report?
    the ways different governmental departments have worked to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens
    different incidents of violence and rioting throughout the South
    the efforts of the president to ensure equal opportunity and equal rights for all citizens
    the efforts of the Department of Justice to ensure equal opportunity and equal rights for all citizens
    120s
  • Q3
    "It has been the sustained policy of this Administration - - in all areas of civil rights - - to consult with local officials and seek voluntary, peaceful compliance with the commands of our courts and our laws. Under this policy, legal action is brought only after such efforts fail... Again, we have sought abandonment of segregation through negotiation first. The Department of Justice and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare have succeeded in obtaining voluntary desegregation, without going to court, in several districts and other negotiations or field surveys are underway in approximately 120 districts." Based on this evidence from the text, what can be concluded about the Department of Justice's approach to bringing about change in support of civil rights?
    The Department of Justice prefers to lead the efforts to bring about change without the help of local and state officials.
    The Department of Justice prefers to bring about change by cooperating with local officials.
    The department of Justice prefers to bring about change only by working with federal departments.
    The Department of Justice prefers local officials to lead their own efforts to support civil rights.
    300s
  • Q4
    How does Robert Kennedy most likely feel about the South's ability to move toward equal opportunity and equal rights for all its citizens?
    hopeful
    angry
    unimpressed
    skeptical
    120s
  • Q5
    What is the main idea of this report?
    Rioting and violence at the University of Mississippi painted 1962 as a year of resistance by the South to law.
    Substantial numbers of American citizens are being deprived of their right to vote because of race, and additional legislation in this field in necessary.
    1962 was a year of progress for the United States in the field of civil rights, but the problems remain difficult.
    The Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960 make it the responsibility of the Department of Justice to protect each citizen's right to vote.
    120s
  • Q6
    "The Department has continued its policy of seeking out qualified personnel on the basis of ability and irrespective of race. Negroes are not denied employment because of their race." Based on this evidence, what is the meaning of the word "irrespective" in this excerpt?
    with bias and prejudice
    without pity and sympathy
    without regard or consideration
    with thought or care
    120s
  • Q7
    Choose the answer that best completes the sentence. ___________ those only interested in headlines might see 1962 as a year of resistance by the South to law, historians will find that 1962 was a year of great progress in civil rights.
    Consequently
    Instead
    Although
    However
    120s

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