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

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

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

3. In what profession is Steele's wife?
(a) Teaching.
(b) Nursing.
(c) Law.
(d) Clinical psychology.

4. What did Steele say he had to seek in order to explain 'racial specifics'?
(a) Human universals.
(b) The general populations' opinion of him.
(c) Self-confidence.
(d) The psychology of racism.

5. What did Steele say pride requires of blacks?
(a) It requires them to have a 'racist' attitude.
(b) It allows them to feel good about themselves without being accountable for their actions.
(c) It requires them to help other races acquire racial pride.
(d) It requires them to be accountable for their actions.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What type of barrier did Steele say is the most powerful barrier blocking black progress?

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

4. What president did Chapter 1 say Steele agrees with on many issues?

5. What did an old professor of Steele's say?

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