Alliteration in King's I Have a Dream Speech


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Which of the following is NOT an example of alliteration?

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1. How is alliteration created?


Why is alliteration used in the portion of the speech below?

'I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Alliteration is a literary device that Martin Luther King Jr. used in his famous I Have a Dream speech. This quiz will test your understanding of King's use of the device in certain phrases from the speech.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Examples of alliteration
  • The device's significance in King's speech
  • Alliteration's function in linking terms together
  • How the device can be used by authors and speakers

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on I Have a Dream
  • Defining key concepts - confirm that you can identify and explain the term 'alliteration'
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the device to understand the impact it has in King's speech

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled Alliteration in King's I Have a Dream speech. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Study King's reference to the Declaration of Independence
  • Discuss the constant use of the S consonant
  • Examine several sentences and understand what makes them alliterative