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

2. What two adjectives did Steele use to describe his editor?
(a) Sensitive, understanding.
(b) Firm, helpful.
(c) Bright, hard-working.
(d) Caring, considerate.

3. How did consciousness change for blacks from the early 60's to the late 60's, in Steele's opinion?
(a) Sexual to ethical consciousness.
(b) Moral to racial consciousness.
(c) Racial to moral consciousness.
(d) Ethical to sexual consciousness.

4. What profession did Chapter 2 say Steele worked in?
(a) Teaching.
(b) Medicine.
(c) Politics.
(d) Law.

5. Steele said that being which of the following 'in no way spares one from being human'?
(a) Black.
(b) White.
(c) Educated.
(d) Racist.

6. According to Steele, what race is considered the most 'despised' race?
(a) Asians.
(b) Blacks.
(c) Latinos.
(d) Whites.

7. How did Steele say blacks should address the methods of creating the black identity?
(a) Avoid some and implement others according to what they believe is right.
(b) Implement them all.
(c) Avoid some and implement others according to what the white race tells them is right.
(d) Avoid them all.

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

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

10. According to Steele, accepting the negative feelings that others have towards another, generally promotes what two emotions for the 'victim'?
(a) Passiveness and high self-esteem.
(b) Passiveness and low self-esteem.
(c) Aggression and high self-esteem.
(d) Aggression and low self-esteem.

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

12. Of the following, what did Chapter 4 say freedom brought for blacks?
(a) Love.
(b) Stresses.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Happiness.

13. What topic of discussion did Steele and his friends 'suddenly' bring up?
(a) Sex.
(b) Race.
(c) Careers.
(d) Relationships.

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

15. Of Jesse Jackson, Steele said he addresses the feeling of powerlessness in the following way(s):
(a) Fully agrees.
(b) Always ignores.
(c) Sometimes agrees and ignores.
(d) Sporadically bargains and challenges.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what type of setting did Steele experience discrimination and therefore the feeling of inferiority?

2. In terms of responding to racial insecurity, what did Steele comment blacks do with regard to names for themselves?

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

4. What is the race / ethnicity of Steele's wife?

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

(see the answer keys)

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