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. Where did crack cocaine first emerge in poor black neighborhoods in the United States before spreading elsewhere?

2. By the end of 2007, how many Americans were behind bars, on probation, or on parole, according to the author in Chapter 2: "The Lockdown"?

3. Between 1980 and 2000, the number of people incarcerated in prisons in the U.S. went from about 300,000 to how many?

4. When was Alberta Spruill killed in a botched SWAT raid in Harlem?

5. When did the American Civil War end by proclamation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Ku Klux Klan? What did the Ku Klux Klan acts dictate?

2. What obstacle does the Barack Obama presidency present for civil rights advocates, according to the author in the Introduction?

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

4. How has the U.S. penal population changed from 1980 to today?

5. When did Terry v. Ohio go to the Supreme Court? What was the ruling?

6. What legislative achievements were seen in the Reconstruction Era?

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

8. What are "pretext stops"? How are they employed in the War on Drugs?

9. What did the Supreme Court case of Florida v. Bostick establish?

10. What does "Jim Crow" refer to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is meant by the term "colorblindness"? Why does the author assert that colorblindness has been catastrophic for African Americans? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's metaphor of a birdcage in The New Jim Crow. To what is a birdcage compared? What comprises the bars of the cage? What does the author remark about the door of the cage?

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