Test your knowledge of Martin Luther King Jr. with this insightful trivia quiz. There are 12 multiple-choice questions. Answers can be found at the end of the quiz. Let us celebrate the life of the civil rights leader!
1. When did Martin Luther King's Day become a U.S. federal holiday (first observance)?
a) 1984 b) 1986 c) 1988 d) 1990 e) 1992
2. Martin Luther King Jr. earned a PHD in ________.
a) Philosophy b) Communication c) Sociology d) Religious Studies e) Theology
3. During which president’s term did Dr. King deliver his famous "I have a Dream" speech?
a) Dwight Eisenhower b) John F. Kennedy c) Lyndon Johnson d) Richard Nixon
4. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in which U.S. city?
a) Atlanta, Georgia b) Chicago, Illinois c) Birmingham, Alabama d) Memphis, Tennessee
5. King’s non-violent activism was first inspired by ________, who introduced him to Gandhi's philosophy.
a) Howard Thurman b) Harry C. Boyte c) Rosa Parks d) Bayard Rustin
6. Which president signed into law the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 (vigorously lobbied by King)?
a) John F. Kennedy b) Lyndon Johnson c) Ronald Reagan d) Bill Clinton e) Barack Obama
7. What year did the famous March on Washington take place?
a) 1961 b) 1962 c) 1963 d) 1964 e) 1965
8. True or False. Dr King was the first black person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
9. What was the name of the person who assassinated Dr. King?
a) Lee Harvey Oswald b) Percy Foreman c) Loyd Jowers d) J. Edgar Hoover e) James Earl Ray
10. Martin Luther King Jr. ranked in which position in Gallup’s List of the Most Widely Admired People of the 20th century?
a) First b) Second c) Third d) Fifth e) Tenth
11. Who established the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia in honor of King’s civil rights work?
a) The federal government b) City of Atlanta c) Ebenezer Baptist Church d) His wife Coretta Scott King
12. True or False. Martin Luther King Jr. was an opponent of the Vietnam War.
1)b 2)e 3)b 4)d 5)a 6)b 7)c 8)F 9)e 10)b 11)d 12)T
Master - 12 correct answers
Expert - 10 to 11 correct answers
Intermediate - 7 to 9 correct
Beginner - 4 to 6 correct
Novice - Less than 4