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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. Steele said that blacks do not know how to do what?
(a) Accept individuals from other races.
(b) Ignore the racial tensions of the past.
(c) Be free.
(d) Forgive the racial tensions of the past.

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

3. Steele's view said that vulnerability affects what aspects of black life?
(a) Politics, clothing styles and dance.
(b) Clothing styles and dance ONLY.
(c) Politics ONLY.
(d) Politics and clothing ONLY.

4. What did Steele say pride requires of blacks?
(a) It allows them to feel good about themselves without being accountable for their actions.
(b) It requires them to be accountable for their actions.
(c) It requires them to have a 'racist' attitude.
(d) It requires them to help other races acquire racial pride.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Steele say he had to seek in order to explain 'racial specifics'?

2. In what way did Steele say 'black innocence affects society and the government?

3. How did consciousness change for blacks from the early 60's to the late 60's, in Steele's opinion?

4. According to Steele, when an individual is tired of thinking in racial terms, he / she is said to have which of the following?

5. It's Steele's belief that in what types of areas do blacks many times withhold effort?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 3, how did Steele say blacks deal with racial insecurities?

3. Steele talks about forgetting that he is black while writing this book. What did he mean by that?

4. What is Steele's opinion of the black identity?

5. According to Steele, how does black nationalism ultimately affect blacks?

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

7. In Steele's opinion, why is the black, underclass group continually expanding?

8. 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?

9. Why did Steele say race is a source of shame for blacks, but didn't say the same for whites?

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

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