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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. What did Steele mention happened to black racial identity throughout the 60's?
(a) It shifted.
(b) It remained as it had previously been.
(c) It was not acknowledged.
(d) For the first time, it was clearly defined.

2. What did Steele say has been the source of many problems?
(a) Many do not focus on the goals or means of affirmative action.
(b) Many focus on the means of affirmative action rather than the goals of it.
(c) Many focus on the goals of affirmative action rather than the means of it.
(d) Many focus on the goals and means of affirmative action.

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

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

5. 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) Understand them.
(d) Change them

Short Answer Questions

1. In Steele's opinion, in order to be effective, what must white guilt give way to?

2. How does Steele define 'objective correlative'?

3. As per Steele's thoughts, what type of work ethic is generally indicative of someone in the middle class?

4. What did Steele mention school campuses mainly focus on in terms of the students?

5. Who is white guilt beneficial to, in Steele's estimation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Instead of gearing social policies to racial preference, what did Steele say social policies should be geared toward?

2. What are the middle class values that Steele mentioned in Chapter 6?

3. Describe the double-bind that middle class blacks many times fall victim to, according to Steele.

4. What shift did Steele notice on his college campus with regard to ethnic conflict?

5. How did Steele mention affirmative action can be viewed as a barrier to black progress?

6. What did Steele's judgment say is blacks' general response to positive opportunities?

7. How did Steele say whites use 'escapism'?

8. Did Steele say that racial identity throughout the 60's changed? If so, how?

9. How does emotional vulnerability affect blacks, in Steele's opinion?

10. What did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encourage black students to do? How did it affect the black students at Steele's school?

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