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Argument Technique in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" Speech

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Read the short speech. Mrs. Valenzuela touched countless lives. She reached out to her students and taught them about history. Every lesson was offered with lively insight. She reached out to her peers and made them smile. The workroom echoed with laughter when Mrs. Valenzuela was around. She reached out to her family members and gave them unconditional love. The most likely reason the author uses repetition is to emphasize Mrs. Valenzuela’s
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-personal connections.
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Which phrases from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech contain strong emotional connotations? Check all that apply.
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“sweltering with the heat of oppression” “an oasis of freedom” “vicious racists”
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Read the excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. 1) We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. 2) This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. 3) Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. 4) Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Which sentence contains the strongest use of emotional connotation?
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-Sentence 4
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Which words does Martin Luther King, Jr. include in his “I Have a Dream” speech to highlight the limitations of segregation? Check all that apply.
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crippled” “poverty” “racial injustice”
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Read the excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
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The most likely reason King uses allusions in this part of his speech is to -encourage listeners to envision freedom everywhere.
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Read the excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. How does the repeated phrase support King’s message?
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-by emphasizing that time has passed without social progress
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Read the excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society. Which are examples of metaphors in this excerpt of King’s speech? Check all that apply.
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-“manacles of segregation” “chains of discrimination” “lonely island of poverty” “ocean of material prosperity”
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Which phrase from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech contains the strongest emotional connotations?
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“the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty”
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Read the excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. King’s use of repetition in the excerpt stresses his
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-plea for peaceful action.
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Read the short speech. Patriotism is often taught through school routines. Young Americans may stand to say, “I pledge allegiance to the flag.” They may attend special assemblies or programs honoring veterans. Career studies may include descriptions of armed service professions. Even the study of geography is an exercise in patriotism, as students learn the names of states and capitals. The author includes an allusion to allow readers to
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-recall a familiar text.