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. How did the status of poor blacks change, according to Steele's view?
(a) They began to identify more with the poor whites.
(b) They became the ultimate victims.
(c) They began to identify more with the white middle class.
(d) They began to identify more with the black middle class.

2. Not demanding blacks to perform in a university setting is a type of what, as per Steele?
(a) Fundamentalism.
(b) Paternalism.
(c) Fraternalism.
(d) Maternalism.

3. In addition to the students, who did Steele say is responsible for racial conflicts on campus?
(a) Siblings.
(b) Parents.
(c) Religious leaders.
(d) Administrators.

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

5. How did Steele say affirmative action be seen as a barrier to blacks?
(a) It blocks advancement for blacks.
(b) It requires them to denounce their black identity.
(c) If they benefit from it, they are never allowed to move from being poor to the middle class.
(d) It denies them of civil rights.

6. What did Steele say other blacks think of a black person who moves toward the middle class?
(a) They are expected to give back to the black community.
(b) They make proud the black race.
(c) They will eventually fall back into poverty.
(d) They are moving away from being black.

7. How does Steele define 'objective correlative'?
(a) When a positive emotion is tied to an objective event linked to non-discrimination.
(b) When a positive emotion is tied to an objective event linked to racism.
(c) When a negative emotion is tied to an objective event linked to racism.
(d) When a negative emotion is tied to an objective event linked to non-discrimination.

8. Why did Steele say affirmative action appears to be fair?
(a) The phrase 'affirmative action' was first used in President John F. Kennedy's Executive Order, and Kennedy was a president who was generally liked by the people.
(b) It gives people the false security that their credentials are worthy of receiving the benefit.
(c) It legally allows reverse discrimination.
(d) It is compensation for past injustices.

9. Steele said social policies shout not be aimed at what?
(a) Religious preferences.
(b) Racial preferences.
(c) Age preferences.
(d) Gender preferences.

10. What attitude did Steele say people take against the enemies of their minds?
(a) Caring.
(b) Hesitant.
(c) Trusting.
(d) Defensive.

11. According to Chapter 6, what is an important quality of middle class citizens?
(a) Striving to make as much money as possible.
(b) Donating to non-profit organizations.
(c) Saving.
(d) Spending as much as you can.

12. Of the following, what is a factor of white guilt, per Steele's way of thinking?
(a) The fact that statistically, many blacks are uneducated.
(b) The fact that statistically, many blacks are poor.
(c) Understanding of ill-gotten advantage.
(d) Just being a member of the white race.

13. To what did Steele say affirmative action has transformed equality?
(a) A form of religious engineering.
(b) A form of social engineering.
(c) A form of psychological engineering.
(d) A form of political engineering.

14. What racial group (s) did Steele point out is surrounded by objective correlatives?
(a) Asians.
(b) Whites.
(c) Blacks and Whites.
(d) Blacks.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the university setting, who did Steele verbalize would not tell blacks what they think of their scholarships and not expect them to perform?

2. How does black advancement relate to individual responsibility, as said by Steele?

3. In line with Steele's views, of the following, what played a vital role in the freedoms that came out of the Civil Rights movement?

4. What did Steele say has become synonymous with color?

5. What legislation passed when the black power movement began?

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