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The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Grade 9)

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

This text would be considered...
  1. A memoir
  2. A biography
  3. A novel
  4. A bildungsroman
What is the point of view of the text?
  1. First person from Malcolm X's point of view
  2. First person from Alex Haley's point of view
  3. First person from Alex Haley and Malcolm X's point of view
  4. Third person point of view
How do Malcolm X's views on racism change throughout the text?

As a child, Malcolm feels somewhat like a "pink poodle." What does this mean?
  1. People think he's extremely funny.
  2. People treat him nicely because he's different, for show.
  3. People love to dress him up and parade him around.
  4. People don't want him because he's different.
Why does Malcolm X have a white girlfriend when he lives in Boston?
  1. Because he loves her
  2. Because she's wealthy
  3. Because she's a symbol
  4. Because he wants to be ironic
What frustrates Malcolm most as a child?
  1. He's treated as a symbol, not a person.
  2. He is stuck in foster care.
  3. He doesn't have a lot of friends or privileges.
  4. He's not treated equally because he is black.
What religion did Malcolm associate with?
  1. Christianity
  2. Islam
  3. Catholicism
  4. Buddhism
"In one sense, we were huddled in there, bonded together in seeking security and warmth and comfort from each other, and we didn't know it. All of us - "who might have probed space, or cured cancer, or built industries - were, instead, black victims of the white man's American social system."

According to this passage, what held Malcolm and others back?

"I've had enough of someone else's propaganda. I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole."

What time during Malcolm X's life do you think this quote came from? Why?

Choose another leader in the Civil Rights movement and use the Venn diagram to compare/contrast that leader with what you've learned about Malcolm X.
Venn Diagram

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