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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 say is true of white guilt?
(a) Only descendants of slave owners experience this emotion.
(b) There is no reason for it.
(c) It is openly practiced by all whites.
(d) The exhibition of racial anger by blacks is a factor of white guilt.

2. In line with Steele's philosophy, moving away from racial preferences would do what in the black community?
(a) Bring to light the fact that there never was power in the black community.
(b) Reduce power.
(c) Stabilize power.
(d) Increase power.

3. Chapter 6 says that blacks should not be made to believe that their progress depends on whom?
(a) The white group.
(b) The government.
(c) The black group.
(d) Their individual selves.

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

5. What did Steele mention that black power produces?
(a) Racial harmony.
(b) White guilt.
(c) Black guilt.
(d) White power.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Steele, what do children generally notice first when they are matched up with children from other parts of the country or world?

3. What is Steele's view of how whites generally respond to positive opportunities?

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

5. What did Steele say is the purpose of affirmative action?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What opinion of blacks did Steele pen whites generally have?

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

4. Chapter 8 says that blacks use their race in what way?

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

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

7. According to Steele, how do objective correlatives affect blacks?

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

9. What does Steele think encouraged blacks to start the black movement?

10. What did Steele say are the two factors that make up white guilt?

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