Collections Grade 9 Guiding Questions
“from Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington” by Charles Euchner
Read the selection from the history writing Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington by Charles Euchner. Then, reread the lines indicated with each question below. Answer each question, citing text evidence.
1. Lines 1–22: Notice the details about King’s accent and how he pronounced specific words. Explain what Euchner accomplishes by providing these details. 2. Lines 1–2: Explain the meaning of the simile in these lines. 3. Lines 33–40: In analyzing King’s use of anaphora, Euchner himself uses this rhetorical device. In which lines does Euchner use anaphora? 4. Lines 41–57: What main primary source does Euchner use for his analysis? Do you think Euchner used other primary sources? How do you know? 5. Lines 62–80: Which text does Euchner use to support his analysis of the bad check metaphor? How does providing this excerpt after his analysis help readers understand his point? 6. Lines 62–80: Where does Euchner describe the audience’s reaction to King’s idea of the “bad check”? What is the effect of providing the audience’s reaction? 7. Lines 81–83: Which word appears in italics? Why?
8. Lines 95–99: Explain why Euchner chose the verb ripples. What does he mean when he says King’s line “releases some toxin from the body”? 9. Lines 114–118: Describe the mood that Euchner creates in this paragraph, citing specific words that help create the mood. 10. Lines 138–143: What details does Euchner use to support his idea that King conjures images of apocalypse in his speech? 11. Lines 144–147: How does mentioning Malcolm X help underscore Euchner’s point that King was warning people to reject violence? 12. Lines 152–158: What instance of call and response is in these lines? What is the effect of including this call and response in the text? 13. Lines 179–186: What primary...
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