The New Jim Crow Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michelle Alexander and Michelle McCool
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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. What percentage of all Southern elected officials were black in 1870?

2. To whom is the following quote that opens Chapter 1: "The Rebirth of Caste" attributed: "The slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery"?

3. When did California pass Proposition 184, the Three Strikes Law?

4. The author asserts in Chapter 2: "The Lockdown" that drug offenses alone account for what fraction of the rise in the federal inmate population between 1985 and 2000?

5. When did the Supreme Court rule in United States v. Harris that the Klan Act was partially unconstitutional?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Operation Pipeline and what impacts did it have?

2. How are the circumstances of Robert Robinette's arrest described in Chapter 2: "The Lockdown"?

3. How did the concept of "race" emerge in America, according to the author in Chapter 1: "The Rebirth of Caste"?

4. What were the impacts and repercussions of Bacon's Rebellion?

5. What was dedided in the case of California v. Acevedo?

6. What does the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution declare?

7. How do incarceration rates in the U.S. compare with those in other countries across the globe?

8. What does a "consent search" refer to?

9. Who declared the "War on Drugs"? When was it declared?

10. How does the author use Jarvious Cotton as an example in the Introduction to The New Jim Crow?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When did the War on Drugs emerge in the United States? How was the media involved in this campaign? What legislation emerged as a result of the War on Drugs? What impacts has the War on Drugs had on American society?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the "Black Lives Matter" movement in relation to the themes and situations addressed in The New Jim Crow. Do you think that the Black Lives Matter movement is an attempt to address the racial disparities of prisoners? How has this movement changed things in the U.S.?

Essay Topic 3

How does the author define "racial caste"? What systems are in place to establish and maintain racial castes today? What systems from the past does the author discuss?

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