The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

Shelby Steele
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3, Being Black and Feeling Blue, Black Hesitation on the Brink.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Steele, what two ways do blacks generally handle the feeling of powerlessness?
(a) Ignore or fully agree.
(b) Ignore or argue.
(c) Fully agree or challenge.
(d) Bargain or challenge.

2. In terms of responding to racial insecurity, what did Steele comment blacks do with regard to names for themselves?
(a) Ask other races if they think the names make sense.
(b) Make sure all non-blacks know what they are.
(c) Create more.
(d) Get rid of some.

3. What did Steele say about the main problem between races in America?
(a) Problems between races is essential to the stability of a country.
(b) They are not just different in race, but compete in power.
(c) There are no problems between races, it's just a political ploy.
(d) They will easily be resolved with time.

4. What does Steele say would be the secret to writing this book, if there was such a a thing?
(a) He is only writing from an objective point-of-view.
(b) He is only writing from a subjective point-of-view.
(c) Politics plays a key role in the separation of race, of which he writes.
(d) Commence with the premise that all races are composed of humans.

5. What is the race / ethnicity of Steele's wife?
(a) Chinese.
(b) African American.
(c) Caucasian.
(d) Mexican.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the conclusion of the introduction, who did Steele thank?

2. What did Steele learn about himself when writing The Content of Our Character?

3. In Steele's opinion, why do blacks avoid 'important opportunities'?

4. Steele said that being which of the following 'in no way spares one from being human'?

5. What period in time did Steele refer to as 'turbulent'?

(see the answer key)

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