Martin Luther King Day Reading Comprehension

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Martin Luther King Jr. - The Early Years

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Tuesday, January 15, 1929, at the family home in Atlanta. He was the first son born to the Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. At birth, he was given the name Michael, like his father, but both names were soon changed to Martin Luther. Martin Luther Jr. had an older sister, Christine, and a younger brother, Alfred Daniel.

M.L., as he was called, lived near the Ebenezer Baptist Church where his father was the minister. His mother was a schoolteacher.

Martin Luther King Jr. began school at the age of five, one year before reaching the legal age of six. When his age was discovered, he was not allowed to stay in school and did not restart until the next year when he turned six.

He did very well in school and skipped both the ninth and twelfth grades. He had excellent scores on the college entrance exams in his junior year of high school, and went on to Morehouse, an all-black college, without even graduating from high school. He was only 15 when he began college.

Throughout his childhood, Martin Luther King Jr. was very aware of the differences between blacks and whites. The two groups were unable to attend the same schools, play together, or eat in the same restaurants. Martin Luther King's mother and father fought for African-American rights and taught him something that would become an important part of his life - to treat all people with respect.

When was MLK Jr. born?
January 15, 1929
March 15, 1939
It doesn't say in the story.
January 15, 1929 Where was MLK Jr. born?
Montgomery, Alabama
Atlanta, Georgia
It doesn't say in the story.
Atlanta, Georgia What was Martin Luther King Jr.'s original first name?
Martin
Luther
Michael
Michael What was Martin Luther King Sr.'s original first name?
Martin
Luther
Michael
Michael How many brothers did MLK have?
1
2
none
1 How many sisters did MLK have?
1
2
none
1 What was Martin Luther King Sr.'s profession?
politician
teacher
minister
minister What was MLK's mother's profession?
minister
teacher
She didn't work.
teacher How old was MLK when he started college?
15
18
21
15 What was the first college that MLK attended?
Boston University
Georgia State
Morehouse
Morehouse Why did MLK have to leave school at the age of 5?
because he was black
because his mother wanted to teach him at home
because the law said you had to be 6 to attend school
because the law said you had to be 6 to attend school How do you know MLK did very well in school?
He skipped 2 grades.
He wrote college entrance exams a year early.
Both are correct.
Both are correct. Which of these would you NOT see in Atlanta in the 1930's?
black children and white children at the same school
blacks and whites at different restaurants
Both are correct.
black children and white children at the same school

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