The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Shelby Steele
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Steele said the only way to solve racial problems is to focus on what?

2. What did an old professor of Steele's say?

3. What is the reason for the accusation against Steele in Chapter 2?

4. Steele's daughter's name is which of the following?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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. What caused Steele to experience discrimination in a segregated school?

4. How does Steele define the self-inflicted mindset of anti-self?

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

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

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

9. What are the three ways that Steele said integration shock manifests as segregation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Steele identified four themes of re-composition. Define the term themes of re-composition. What are the four themes outlined? Describe each theme and characterize how each of them affects blacks.

Essay Topic 2

What is the 'double-bind' , according to Steele, that middle class blacks are typically a part of? How does it affect their 'blackness'?

Essay Topic 3

How did Steele define white guilt? How are whites challenged by this guilt? Do blacks use this as a tool to get ahead? If so, how? How does black power produce white guilt? How do whites attempt to escape from the guilt? How is white guilt an especially big problem at the university level?

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