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

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

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

4. What is the reason for the accusation against Steele in Chapter 2?
(a) Because he is a part of the middle class.
(b) Because he has openly made racial slurs against blacks.
(c) Because he cannot articulate his opinions.
(d) Because he has openly made racial slurs against whites.

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

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

7. In what ways did Steele say blacks are excommunicated by their race when they create their own individual identity?
(a) Socially ONLY.
(b) Culturally ONLY.
(c) Socially and culturally.
(d) Sexually.

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

9. What type of shock did Steele say individuals are said to be a part of when in mixed-race situations?
(a) Integration.
(b) Social.
(c) Psychological.
(d) Mixed.

10. According to Steele's outlook, what controls how blacks react to their problems?
(a) Social vulnerability.
(b) Racial vulnerability.
(c) Sexual vulnerability.
(d) Mental vulnerability.

11. What inflates the individual seeking power over another, according to Steele?
(a) Innocence.
(b) Pride.
(c) Ignorance.
(d) Greed.

12. Steele stated that although some of his life experiences may be different from other races, what is true?
(a) There is nothing different in the processes that drive his mind.
(b) He should not be judged by his race.
(c) He is of a superior race.
(d) He is of an inferior race.

13. In what way did Steele say 'black innocence affects society and the government?
(a) It requires them to implement change.
(b) It only affects the black community and allows it to feel superior.
(c) It doesn't affect society or government.
(d) It only affects the white community and makes it feel inferior.

14. What is the oldest formula of aggression, according to Steele?
(a) Remain defensive in every situation to prevent being mistreated.
(b) Love in spite of how one is being treated is the best policy.
(c) If one mistreats another, that gives the other person the right to retaliate.
(d) One's difference from another makes him / her bad, which justifies another's power over that person.

15. On college campuses, blacks many times engage in what type of behavior, in Steele's view?
(a) Self-sacrificing.
(b) Self-segregation.
(c) Self-righteousness.
(d) Self-satisfaction.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Steele, accepting the negative feelings that others have towards another, generally promotes what two emotions for the 'victim'?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 1, how many of his friends was Steele sipping chardonnay with?

3. Steele said what of 'black anger'?

4. Steele said that blacks do not know how to do what?

5. At the conclusion of the introduction, who did Steele thank?

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