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

Shelby Steele
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 7, Affirmative Action, The Price of Preference.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Steele's daughter's name is which of the following?
(a) Melissa.
(b) Rita.
(c) Loni.
(d) Pat.

2. As indicated by Steele, how is affirmative action a positive relationship between blacks and whites?
(a) It allows blacks to do away with the guilt of the black power movement, and whites to feel powerful.
(b) It allows both blacks and whites to feel powerful.
(c) It allows blacks to do away with the guilt of the black power movement and whites to do away with the guilt of racism.
(d) It allows whites to do away with guilt and blacks to feel powerful.

3. How does black advancement relate to individual responsibility, as said by Steele?
(a) There is no relation between the two.
(b) It depends on it.
(c) Individual responsibility is good, but black advancement is an unrealistic goal.
(d) Black advancement is admirable, but individual responsibility is not necessary.

4. Growing up, Steele was in the middle class and was often viewed as what by poor blacks?
(a) 'Indentured servant'.
(b) 'House slave'.
(c) 'Money slave'.
(d) 'Wanna be'.

5. What does Steele say is one of the downfalls of the 'black identity'?
(a) It does not promote individuality.
(b) It encourages segregation of schools.
(c) It lessens the number of religious institutions.
(d) It does not accept people of other races in social settings.

Short Answer Questions

1. Statistically, what group is much more likely to drop out of college?

2. Methods of creating a black identity is also known as what, said Steele?

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

4. According to Steele, what do blacks many times 'overrate their sense of'?

5. Chapter 5 said, in terms of race relations, blacks had a choice between two ways to address the issue. What way did the chapter say blacks and whites agreed was best for blacks?

(see the answer key)

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