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English Department 2018

Unit 3: “Hopes and Dreams”


READING COMPREHENSION TEST 12 TH GRADE

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AE10 – AE12

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a moving speech about equality at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. Review parts of the speech below, then
answer the questions.

I Have a Dream...
… I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and
tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its
creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the
sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the
heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of
freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not
be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor
having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, that one day right
down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys
and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today…

AE10 Leer y demostrar comprensión de ideas principales e información relevante en textos…

I. Multiple choice: select the alternative that represents the correct answer. (16 points)
1. The main focus of Dr. King’s speech is
A. getting more money for America’s black population
B. convincing everyone to live in peace and tranquility
C. celebrating the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
D. ending segregation and racial injustice in America

2. Martin Luther King, Jr. appeals mainly to his listeners’


A. common sense
B. desire for a better future
C. sense of guilt
D. concerns about America’s status among the world’s nations

3. In “I Have a Dream”, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., urges his followers to
A. work toward gradual change
B. demand equality and justice now
C. use any means necessary
D. distrust white people
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4. Dr. King’s
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B. quotations from songs
C. thanks to distinguished guests
D. references to the Bible

5. Dr. King is convinced that


A. dreams rarely become reality
B. the struggle must continue
C. equality has been achieved
D. justice is a privilege

6. How did Dr. King appeal to his audience?


A. He compared them to children
B. He appealed to their sense of justice, fair play, and patriotism
C. He reminded them of the homeland from which they have come
D. He made them angry about their history by repeatedly referring to slavery

7. Toward the end of the speech, in the paragraphs beginning with the now-famous phrase "I have a dream," Dr. King
mentions certain members of his own family. Why does he do this?
A. To connect with his audience as a fellow parent and have them think of their own children
B. To show everyone how well he has raised his children
C. To get the white members of the audience to feel guilty for how they treated his children
D. To have a reason to bring his children to the speech

8. Which of the following metaphors does Dr. King NOT use?


A. He compares segregation to manacles, discrimination to chains, and poverty to a lonely island in the middle of an
ocean of prosperity
B. He compares segregation to a desolate valley, racial justice to a sunlit path, racial injustice to quicksand, and
brotherhood to a solid rock.
C. He compares injustice and oppression to heat, and freedom and justice to an oasis.
D. He compares African-Americans to slaves, and all other races to slave owners.

AE10 Reconocer vocabulario temático de la unidad, palabras y frases clave.

II.Check the underlined words from the text to answer the following questions. Which underlined word in the text
means: (14 points)

1. _________________________: the act of putting something between two things, people or groups, or into the
middle of something

2. _________________________: dangerously hateful and ready to do violence

3. _________________________: to produce drops of liquid

4. _________________________: to try to defeat and change a government

5. _________________________: the act of cancelling something

6. _________________________: to feel very hot

7. _________________________: to spend your life or the last period of your life in a particular way

AE12 Expresar situaciones imaginarias y sus resultados.

III. Your turn. “I have a dream too”. If you could rule and change the world, what would you do? Write 7 actions
you would do, using the Second Conditional form. (21 points)

1. ____________________________________________________________________________________________

2.____________________________________________________________________________________________

3.____________________________________________________________________________________________

4.____________________________________________________________________________________________

5.____________________________________________________________________________________________

6.____________________________________________________________________________________________

7.____________________________________________________________________________________________