I Have a Dream Essay example

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I Have a Dream – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Response Journal

Please read each question carefully and answer in full sentences. Keep in mind that each question has a grammar/mechanics component worth 2 marks.
“It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” 1) From the quote above, what does Dr. King mean by using a metaphor to describe the “bank of justice” having “insufficient funds”? What is the comparison being made? Explain. /4 2) In chapter 20 of To Kill a Mockingbird (pages 203-205), Atticus speaks his closing argument to the jury. How do Dr. King’s speech and Atticus’ argument relate to one another? Provide an example from Atticus’ argument and explain the connection. /4
“We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."” 3) The quote above uses a simile to describe justice and righteousness. Using a dictionary, explain how the definitions of the words ‘justice’ and