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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X & Alex Haley

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1. Where was Malcolm X born?

2. Why did white people murder Earl Little?

3. With whom does Malcolm live in Lansing?

4. In eighth grade, what does Malcolm declare he wishes to become?

5. Who does Malcolm first meet in Boston after he moves in with Ella?

6. Where does Malcolm land his first job in Boston?

7. Who raises Laura?

8. Why does Malcolm leave Laura?

9. Why does Malcolm first get a railroad job?

10. What is Malcolm’s first job in New York?

11. In Harlem, by what name does Malcolm become known?

12. How does Malcolm initially try to evade the narcotics squad?

13. Of what does West Indian Archie accuse Malcolm?

14. How does Malcolm decide to support himself after he moves back to Boston?

15. At Massachusetts State Prison, what do the other inmates call Malcolm?

16. Who converts Malcolm to Islam?

17. Where does Malcolm go after being released from prison?

18. Where does Malcolm first see Elijah Muhammad?

19. What is Malcolm’s first official post in the Nation of Islam?

20. Who is Malcolm X’s future wife?

21. On which program does the Nation of Islam first appear on network television?

22. What is Malcolm shocked to learn that Elijah Muhammad has done?

23. After breaking with the Nation of Islam, what organization does Malcolm X found?

24. What does Malcolm do to his hair in order to blend into white society?

25. Toward the end of his life, what does Malcolm believe?

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