The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America Test | Final 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. What did Steele say may have been necessary to win the freedoms won during the Civil Rights movement?
(a) Racial intolerance.
(b) Racial tension.
(c) Racial tolerance.
(d) Racial identity.

2. Steele articulated, whites 'discharging their duties to blacks however they can' is known as what?
(a) Escapism.
(b) Favoritism.
(c) Racism.
(d) Skepticism.

3. Who is white guilt beneficial to, in Steele's estimation?
(a) Blacks ONLY.
(b) No one.
(c) Blacks and whites.
(d) Whites ONLY.

4. In what manner did Steele say the status change of poor blacks affected middle class blacks?
(a) It causes them to identify with victimization.
(b) It allows them to identify with wealthy blacks.
(c) It allows them to identify with wealthy whites.
(d) The status change of poor blacks does not affect the status of middle class blacks.

5. Emotional vulnerability is a source of what for blacks, according to Steele?
(a) Transparency.
(b) Innocence.
(c) Freedom.
(d) Shame.

6. What did Steele say many blacks do with positive opportunities?
(a) Take full advantage of them.
(b) They are never presented with positive opportunities.
(c) Turn them into obstacles to development.
(d) Immediately pass them along to someone else.

7. Social policies, said Steele, should be geared toward what?
(a) Educational and economic development.
(b) Economic development ONLY.
(c) Educational development ONLY.
(d) Hidden political agendas.

8. What economic group did Steele say is often torn between middle class values and racial identity and excuses for bad behavior?
(a) Poor blacks.
(b) Middle class blacks.
(c) Middle class whites.
(d) Poor whites.

9. According to Steele, what do children generally notice first when they are matched up with children from other parts of the country or world?
(a) Similarities.
(b) Difference.
(c) Brands of clothing.
(d) Cultural practices.

10. According to Chapter 5, what do whites want to get rid of?
(a) Black power.
(b) Guilt.
(c) Racial tension.
(d) White power.

11. 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?
(a) Acknowledging it, but not taking any actions.
(b) Entitlement.
(c) Development.
(d) Ignoring it.

12. What did Steele say racial preference produces?
(a) Enlightenment.
(b) Dependence on entitlements.
(c) Empathy.
(d) Endurance.

13. Prior to what decade did Steele say middle class blacks often distinguished themselves from poor blacks?
(a) 70's.
(b) 50's.
(c) 80's.
(d) 60's.

14. What did Steele say has become synonymous with color?
(a) Pride.
(b) Poverty.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Wealth.

15. What does affirmative action on college campuses strive to do to the attitudes of the white students, as per Steele?
(a) Justify them.
(b) It does not serve a purpose to the attitudes of white students.
(c) Change them
(d) Understand them.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of the following, what is a factor of white guilt, per Steele's way of thinking?

2. What did Steele say is the purpose of affirmative action?

3. What reason did Steele give for why blacks sometimes exaggerate discrimination?

4. In what year did the black power movement begin to rise?

5. Following Steele's philosophy, how many factors make up white guilt?

(see the answer keys)

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