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Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: 'This way of settling differences is not just.' This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nationís homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

"America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent us from reordering our priorities so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood."

Dr. King, April 4, 1967

1. What were Dr. King's feelings about war?

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2. Why did Dr. King believe America was the country that needs to takes the first steps toward stopping war?

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3. Are Dr. King's thoughts still true today? Has any change taken place in the world forty years after the words have been spoken?

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