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Patricia J. Williams
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Williams argue replaced direct oppression of African-Americans?
(a) Their arrest.
(b) Their freedom.
(c) Their enslavement.
(d) Their omission.

2. What story about Harvard did Williams use to illustrate the point she made in Part I, Chapter 1?
(a) Her arguing with a fellow law professor.
(b) Harvard's inability to find African American female professors.
(c) Her speaking with her students.
(d) Her receiving an award.

3. What does Williams say the "evidentiary rules" of legitimating turf war had whites believe?
(a) Women could multi-task.
(b) Children were always annoying.
(c) African-Americans were actively agressive.
(d) Jewish were rich.

4. What does Williams say recent affirmative action jurisprudence rejected?
(a) The definition of prejudice.
(b) The obligation of small businesses to abide by it.
(c) The constitutionality of racial preferences.
(d) The right for African-Americans to use it.

5. What does Williams say the image of peaceful white community being interrupted by a black presence did to blacks?
(a) It made them mad.
(b) It dehumanized them.
(c) It made them sad.
(d) It made them mistrustful.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Williams say she was accused of being against?

2. What does Williams say younger adults are socialized to have?

3. What does Williams argue had a price under capitalism?

4. Why does Williams say we should avoid neutrality?

5. What is the goal of The Alchemy of Race and Rights?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did businesses in New York City start to do in the mid-1980's and what rationale did they use in Part I, Chapter 3?

2. What happened in the second version of Williams' piece?

3. What does Williams believe about the social contract in the United States in Part I, Chapter 2?

4. What does William believe about the Supreme Court?

5. What happened when African American men were walking through a white neighborhood in New York in the 1980's?

6. What three features does American jurisprudence have according to Williams?

7. What does Williams believe is the real concept to consider?

8. What was the first attitude of whites according to Williams and why does this happen?

9. What argument does Williams use to defend herself against the student?

10. What do the student evaluations say of Williams?

(see the answer keys)

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