- This is a sample literacy test used by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to help prepare African Americans who want to register to vote in Alabama. Look for patterns in the questions asked in the literacy test. What are the questions mostly about? Why do you think that is?
- Which questions in this literacy test do you think are unfair? Explain.
- How might this literacy test interfere with the 15th Amendment? As a reminder, the 15th Amendment states that "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
"Sample Application for Registration, Questionnaire and Oaths," Alabama Board of Registrars, 1964. Courtesy of Library of Congress