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This Week In History: Wk 05 (30 January 1948)

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Mahatma Gandhi Is Assassinated

This Week in History

Indian pro-independence activist and leader Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi.

In 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was shot by a Hindu radical while attending prayers in New Delhi. His death came the year after India became independent after nearly 200 years of British colonial rule. Gandhi was a major force in the independence movement, advocating strictly non-violent methods in the struggle for freedom.

assassinate (verb): kill someone important for political or religious reasons
pro-independence (adjective): supporting a country's right to be free from another country
activist (noun): a person who openly exhibits his or her beliefs and concerns
radical (noun): a person who takes extreme measures to fight for change in society
advocate (verb): show one's support for

Mahatma Gandhi

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1. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated

a) before India gained freedom from British rule
b) after India gained freedom from British rule
c) while India was gaining freedom from British rule

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2. Gandhi advocated the use of

a) non-violence in the independence movement
b) independence in the non-violence movement
c) force in the independence movement

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3. A pro-independence activist is someone who

a) supports independence activists
b) acts independently of other activists
c) plays an active role in a pro-independence movement

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