The Alchemy of Race and Rights Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Patricia J. Williams
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What generalization does Williams say should be fought?

2. What is Williams ethnicity?

3. Who wrote the memo Williams received after talking with one of her students?

4. What was the profession of one of Williams' student's fathers according to Part I, Chapter 2?

5. Whose arguments on affirmative action did Williams reject?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Williams find from her experience with the law review?

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

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

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

5. What does racism penetrate according to Williams?

6. What did some claim about Williams' story about Benetton's?

7. What three principles does Williams try to show that they interact, conflict, and interlock and what does she want to bridge the gap between?

8. What caused Williams' interest in property law?

9. What would be necessary for African Americans to claim their rightful place in civilization according to Williams?

10. Who questioned Williams' opinions at the start of Part II, Chapter 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the three principles of autonomy, community, and order to determine whether or not Williams is effective in showing how they interact, conflict, and interlock.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the case of the pregnant woman and examine Williams' fantasy of gorilla insemination. Determine how this would complicate the idea of choice and whether it was a relevant hypothetical suggestion in regards to race and rights.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the three features of American jurisprudence and determine how they influence race and rights.

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