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

Shelby Steele
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2, Race-Holding.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Steele say of the president mentioned in Chapter 1?
(a) He gave the average black American a way to be innocent.
(b) He proved the average white American was not innocent.
(c) He proved the average black American was not innocent.
(d) He gave the average white American a way to be innocent.

2. According to Steele, what did he have to remember and forget when writing?
(a) That he was white.
(b) That he was black.
(c) That he was a man.
(d) That he was poor.

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

4. What did Steele learn about himself when writing The Content of Our Character?
(a) It was necessary to write the book with a partner.
(b) How he thought.
(c) How others viewed him.
(d) That he was not a great writer after all.

5. How did Steele say Bill Cosby deals with the feeling of powerlessness?
(a) He bargains.
(b) He fully agrees.
(c) He ignores.
(d) He challenges.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Steele say must be shared between blacks and whites?

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

3. What did Steele say is the driving force when one gives utmost attention to race?

4. What does Steele say would be the secret to writing this book, if there was such a a thing?

5. When someone uses their race to avoid addressing how he / she really feels about something, the person is engaging in what, said Steele?

(see the answer key)

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