Honors English 10/English 10: Finish reading “Letter to Birmingham Jail” (329 to page 336). Answer the following questions (some questions may have been completed in class):
There are three different types of reasons that King provides in his letter to justify his
presence in Birmingham.
- Organizational reasons relate to any associations with organizations or groups of people.
- Religious or historical reasons relate to religious or historical people, places, things, or events.
- Moral reasons relate to morality, or what is considered right or wrong.
- Choose one type of reason and cite all of the examples from lines 17–43.
- In lines 66-101, why might King have taken the time to give the details about steps taken and recent events in Birmingham?
- In lines 104-119, write the line numbers of all of the instances of the word “tension.”
- In lines 151-179, identify the parallel structure that King uses (what does King repeat?). What effect does this structure have on the text?
- In lines 216-237, identify the specific examples King provides of either unjust laws or the unjust application of just laws.
- Use text evidence in lines 299–312 to state King’s counterargument to the assertion that the actions of Birmingham’s African American community precipitated violence and must be condemned.
- In lines 384-410, how does King shift the idea of being an “extremist” from a negative to a positive?
- In lines 446-485, what is one contrast between what King expected from religious leaders and what actually happened?
- In lines 558-571, what counterclaim in the clergymen’s letter is King addressing?
- Read page 337 and answer the questions in the chart.
- Write down the vocabulary words from the letter.
APE: AP Literature test tomorrow. Get plenty of rest, eat a balanced dinner and breakfast. Ms. P will have pens for you in the morning so see her first thing.