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. What did an old professor of Steele's say?
(a) 'Ideas themselves come a dime a dozen.'
(b) 'Education is key.'
(c) 'Practice what you preach.'
(d) 'Charity begins at home.'

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

3. What prompted Steele to begin writing his first book?
(a) His infatuation with being a rich and famous author.
(b) Listening to two gentleman speak about race in a politically correct manner, rather than the truth.
(c) His mother telling him that she thought he'd make a great writer.
(d) His boredom with life.

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 a subjective point-of-view.
(b) He is only writing from an objective 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 does Steele say is the first step to pursuing power?
(a) Violently protesting it.
(b) Conquering the victim.
(c) Convincing oneself that he / she is entitled to it.
(d) Engaging in formal training to make sure he / she can handle the power.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Steele, what did he have to remember and forget when writing?

2. How did consciousness change for blacks from the early 60's to the late 60's, in Steele's opinion?

3. In what way did Steele say 'black innocence affects society and the government?

4. Steele said the only way to solve racial problems is to focus on what?

5. What was Steele doing on the afternoon of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1986?

(see the answer key)

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