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Donald Macedo, Myra Bergman Ramos, and Paula Freire
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Does one have to live in a tyrannical state to be oppressed?
(a) No, one can be oppressed by peer pressure, economics, fashion and trends.
(b) Yes.
(c) No.
(d) Most of the time.

2. What is propaganda?
(a) A type of school.
(b) A type of society.
(c) A type of philosophy.
(d) The spread of state-sponsored lies, views or opinions.

3. Who was Mr. Giddy?
(a) A president of the Royal Society.
(b) A Brazilian Premier.
(c) A Marxist Revolutionary.
(d) An actor.

4. What does critical thinking help to analyzes, according to Friere?
(a) The Oppressors.
(b) Philosophers.
(c) The material reality, living conditions, and 'real' situation around the oppressed' lives.
(d) The Oppressed.

5. What is Friere's conception of the static reality?
(a) A type of society that predominately uses electricity.
(b) A reality that changes constantly.
(c) The type of society created by the ruling Oppressors.
(d) A reality created by the truly free.

6. What is a poverty of the mind in this context?
(a) A lack of education.
(b) A lack of guidance.
(c) A lack of intelligence.
(d) The lack of ways to imagine ones situation.

7. Who was Eric Fromm?
(a) A sculptor.
(b) An artist.
(c) An actor.
(d) A social philosopher and social critic.

8. Why is it important in Friere's estimation to break static reality?
(a) Freedom allows us to evolve as a species and to not be manipulated or used.
(b) Because static reality is too unhealthy.
(c) Because static reality costs too much money.
(d) Because it is fun.

9. According to Friere, what must the Oppressed first learn to do if they want to be free?
(a) To question for themselves.
(b) To run away.
(c) To overthrow their masters.
(d) To subvert the system.

10. What does Friere propose to do to the education system?
(a) To control it.
(b) To reinforce it.
(c) To enforce it.
(d) Create a new sort of education that is based on partnership.

11. What does Friere think the true goal of education is?
(a) To enhance one's career choices.
(b) To make good grade statistics.
(c) To give the school a good name.
(d) To empower students.

12. Who in Friere's argument are necrophilous personalities?
(a) The Students.
(b) The Educators.
(c) The Oppressed.
(d) The Oppressors.

13. What is tyranny?
(a) A type of lizard.
(b) A power-hungry ruler.
(c) A system where everyone shares the wealth.
(d) A type of education system.

14. Who does Friere explain is dehumanized through the Oppression and Oppressed relationship?
(a) The Oppressed.
(b) The Oppressors.
(c) Both parties.
(d) Neither.

15. What does the author mean by the fear of freedom?
(a) Fear of authority figures.
(b) The mistaken idea of what being free looks like.
(c) The fear of being thrown in jail.
(d) Being allowed to say what you like.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, in the author’s estimation, is a critical consciousness?

2. What is propositional thinking?

3. Why did Mr. Giddy hold his specific view on education?

4. How are the oppressed classes usually stereotyped by their oppressors?

5. What is a necrophilous person, according to Fromm?

(see the answer keys)

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