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Shelby Steele
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In terms of 'creating a black identity', what did Steele say is something that blacks engage in?
(a) Singing.
(b) Compensatory grandiosity.
(c) Dancing.
(d) Writing.

2. What does Steele say would be the secret to writing this book, if there was such a a thing?
(a) Politics plays a key role in the separation of race, of which he writes.
(b) He is only writing from a subjective point-of-view.
(c) Commence with the premise that all races are composed of humans.
(d) He is only writing from an objective point-of-view.

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

4. Methods of creating a black identity is also known as what, said Steele?
(a) Themes of recomposition.
(b) Themes of reconciliation.
(c) Themes of recognition.
(d) Themes of recommendations.

5. What group do many blacks say 'failed to recognize' what Steele failed to recognize?
(a) Poor blacks.
(b) Middle class blacks.
(c) Poor whites.
(d) Wealthy whites.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Steele believes some people have chosen what over race?

3. When someone uses their race to avoid addressing how he / she really feels about something, the person is engaging in what, said Steele?

4. What profession did Chapter 2 say Steele worked in?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 1, Steele said the only way to do away with racial problems is for all to move from a racial consciousness to a moral consciousness. What does that mean?

2. Did Steele say racial discrimination is always used as a fair claim by blacks? Why or why not?

3. Steele said the 60's were turbulent. What are two of the race related movements that took place in that decade?

4. Steele quoted a former professor by saying, 'Ideas themselves come a dime a dozen.' Why is understanding this relevant to understanding this book?

5. What did Steele mean when he spoke about integration shock? When does it generally occur? Are blacks and whites equally likely to experience it?

6. How did Steele say race-holding negatively affects the civil rights freedoms won decades ago? What must blacks do to avoid this?

7. What tool do blacks use to create a tolerable, false sense of reality, in Steele's estimation?

8. How did Steele say the black students in his classes react to discussions of racism?

9. How do whites act innocent when it comes to the racial struggle, as per Steele's opinion?

10. In Chapter 2, what does Steele say is the biggest hindrance of black progress? How can whites help?

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