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

Shelby Steele
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1, I'm Black, You're White, Who's Innocent?, Race and Power in an Era of Blame.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who helped Steele in the overall writing of the book?
(a) His former college professor.
(b) His best friend, John.
(c) His student.
(d) His wife.

2. Steele mentioned that which of the following 'spreads like spilled paint'?
(a) Love.
(b) Intolerance.
(c) Overcaution.
(d) Tolerance.

3. 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) Politics plays a key role in the separation of race, of which he writes.
(c) He is only writing from a subjective point-of-view.
(d) Commence with the premise that all races are composed of humans.

4. Steele said the only way to solve racial problems is to focus on what?
(a) Ethical consciousness.
(b) Racial consciousness.
(c) Moral consciousness.
(d) Sexual consciousness.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Steele say Bill Cosby deals with the feeling of powerlessness?

2. What topic of discussion did Steele and his friends 'suddenly' bring up?

3. What two adjectives did Steele use to describe his editor?

4. Which of the following is the 'greatest barrier to black progress', according to Steele?

5. Who was Steele's editor for The Content of Our Character?

(see the answer key)

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