1. What is the focus of Neruda’s poem “United Fruit Co.”? Is his anger at the United States justified? What connection is there between the U.S. and the group of Latin American dictators that Neruda names? How might the situation described in Neruda’s poem reflect the current relationship between the U.S. and some Latin American countries?

  2. How are the poems by African-American poets in the text distinctive and memorable? What particular issues, circumstances, and problems do they address? Have these problems and issues been resolved satisfactorily? From what do the problems stem? Who is responsible for change?

  3. How do Richard Wright’s THE ETHICS OF LIVING JIM CROW and Martin Luther King’s LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL reflect different attitudes toward the problem of racial discrimination and inequality?

  4. What does Dr. King mean by “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny.”? Who is “we”?

  5. What distinction does Dr. King make about laws when he is confronted about the civil rights demonstrators using non-violent civil disobedience techniques to break segregation laws?

  6. What does Dr. King mean by quoting Niebuhr’s statement: “...groups are more immoral than individuals”?

  7. How do you view Malcolm X’s arguments in comparison to Dr. King’s? Are his observations legitimate? Which is more effective: non-violent protest and negotiation or violence to effect change? 

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