The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Shelby Steele
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what type of setting did Steele experience discrimination and therefore the feeling of inferiority?
(a) Segregated grocery store.
(b) Segregated social club.
(c) Segregated church.
(d) Segregated school.

2. What does Steele say is the first step to pursuing power?
(a) Conquering the victim.
(b) Violently protesting it.
(c) Engaging in formal training to make sure he / she can handle the power.
(d) Convincing oneself that he / she is entitled to it.

3. Rather than doing away with racial insecurities, what type of state did Steele say many blacks fall into?
(a) Anger.
(b) Deep fear.
(c) Denial.
(d) Acceptance.

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

5. Dealing with doubt does what for blacks, in Steele's estimation?
(a) Promotes progress.
(b) Sparks anger.
(c) Hinders progress.
(d) It doesn't have an effect on them.

6. Steele said that blacks do not know how to do what?
(a) Be free.
(b) Forgive the racial tensions of the past.
(c) Accept individuals from other races.
(d) Ignore the racial tensions of the past.

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

8. At the beginning of Chapter 1, how many of his friends was Steele sipping chardonnay with?
(a) Three.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Seven.
(d) Two.

9. What did Steele's attitude say is true of racial discrimination?
(a) Some blacks claim racial discrimination in situations where it is not true.
(b) It was a political ploy, but never actually happened in America.
(c) It was necessary in order to keep order in America.
(d) It is no longer practiced in America.

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

11. It's Steele's belief that in what types of areas do blacks many times withhold effort?
(a) Areas where whites do not typically succeed.
(b) Areas where they typically succeed.
(c) Areas where they do not typically succeed.
(d) All areas in life.

12. What is the race / ethnicity of Steele's wife?
(a) Chinese.
(b) Mexican.
(c) Caucasian.
(d) African American.

13. What prompted Steele to begin writing his first book?
(a) His boredom with life.
(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 mother telling him that she thought he'd make a great writer.

14. In Steele's mind, what undermines the struggles for freedom?
(a) Having Chinese friends, as a black person.
(b) Advancing from being poor to the middle class.
(c) Accepting defeat.
(d) Living in predominantly white neighborhoods.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Steele define the self-descriptions that justify one's fears?

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

3. What is the oldest formula of aggression, according to Steele?

4. According to Steele, when an individual is tired of thinking in racial terms, he / she is said to have which of the following?

5. How did Steele say blacks address doubt?

(see the answer keys)

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