Take-Home Exam #2:

MLK, X, and Philosophy

SPR 2018

General Instructions: Your completed exam must be turned in to me—via online drop box—by 11:59pm on Monday, May 7, 2018. Please type your responses—double-spaced with one-inch margins. The exam is worth 100 points. ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS and CITE using Chicago formatted footnotes.


  1. Compare and contrast Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
    1. In your answering of this question, you must do the following:
      1. Find and discuss original quotes from both X and King that articulate their ideas about:
        1. Slavery
        2. Black identity
        3. America
        4. Economics
        5. Integration
      2. Find original quotes from two members of the Black Panther Party and two from James Baldwin about Malcolm X and MLK after their death. Discuss what these quotes say about the legacy of King and X.
  • Quote Cone in the course of your answers.


  1. How have America’s ideas about race changed since the 1960s?
    1. How have our ideas of blackness changed?
    2. What impact did MLK have on our ideas about what black men and women can and cannot accomplish in this country?
    3. What impact did X have on our ideas about what black men and women can and cannot accomplish?
    4. Of the two, MLK and X, whose ideas are the most influential today? Why?

Note: A minimum of five pages is expected.


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