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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. It's Steele's belief that what creates a false reality for blacks?
(a) Affirmation from few whites.
(b) Graduating from college.
(c) 'Acting white'.
(d) Denying shame.

2. At the beginning of Chapter 1, how many of his friends was Steele sipping chardonnay with?
(a) Three.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Seven.
(d) Two.

3. What do many blacks say Steele has failed to recognize?
(a) Superiority of the white race.
(b) Superiority of the black race.
(c) Priority of the black race.
(d) Priority of the white race.

4. According to Chapter 2, many blacks are afraid to do what?
(a) Declare pride for their race.
(b) Talk about slavery.
(c) Expand their lives.
(d) Compete against whites for jobs.

5. Steele's daughter's name is which of the following?
(a) Pat.
(b) Loni.
(c) Rita.
(d) Melissa.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Steele say about the main problem between races in America?

2. What did Steele say pride requires of blacks?

3. What type of self-proclaimed identity did Steele say he developed as a result of feeling of inferior?

4. Steele said that being which of the following 'in no way spares one from being human'?

5. What is Steele's son's name?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Steele say he was accused of being inauthentic? How do many blacks say Steele views the priority of the black race? Have other blacks followed in Steele's footsteps? If so, how and why?

3. Steele articulated, when blacks feel powerless in white society, they deal with it in one of two ways, by challenging or bargaining. Describe what he means by this.

4. 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?

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

6. In order to explain issues specific to race, Steele said it was necessary for him to understand human universals. What was he talking about?

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

8. According to Steele, how is the struggle for racial power more of a struggle for innocence for blacks?

9. Steele shared his thought that blacks use themes of re-composition to create black identity. What did he say are these themes?

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

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