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. According to Steele, what race is considered the most 'despised' race?

2. What type of barrier did Steele say is the most powerful barrier blocking black progress?

3. Who helped Steele in the overall writing of the book?

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

5. Steele believes some people have chosen what over race?

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 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?

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

4. What did Steele mean when he said the discussion of race relations has become scripted?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. Did Steele say racial discrimination is always used as a fair claim by blacks? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As a youth, what was Steele's experience with the black power movement? How did it affect the way he thinks today? What are some of the positives and negatives that Steele mentioned about the movement? How did Steele say individualism relates to the collective attitude of the movement?

Essay Topic 2

Steele said that integration shock produces a new form of segregation that takes three forms. What are those three forms? Define each form. What did Steele say eradicating these forms of segregation would lead to for blacks?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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