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. The author states in Chapter 1: "The Rebirth of Caste," "Any candid observer of American racial history must acknowledge that racism is highly" what?

2. What sociologist is cited in Chapter 1: "The Rebirth of Caste" as stating that each reincarnation of racial caste "is less total, less capable of encompassing and controlling the entire race"?

3. What group of people is the focus of The New Jim Crow, according to the author in her Introduction?

4. When was the Military Cooperation with Law Enforcement Act passed?

5. What did the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaw?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was concluded in the case of Brown v. Board of Education?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does the author define "caste"? What is meant by "racial caste"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the stigmas and stereotypes regarding former inmates in the U.S. How are these stereotypes and stigmas propagated? What are the impacts of these stereotypes and stigmas for the families of former convicts?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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