The Pedagogy of the Oppressed Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

2. What is propositional thinking?
(a) Talking mostly fantasies.
(b) Talking about politics.
(c) Analyzing an argument in terms of its fundamental propositions (or positions).
(d) Talking about marriage.

3. What point of view is this book written from?
(a) Second person.
(b) Fourth person.
(c) Third person.
(d) First person.

4. What is a critical consciousness?
(a) An overly suspicious mind.
(b) A view that questions everything around itself.
(c) A high achiever.
(d) An overly argumentative person.

5. What is phenomenology?
(a) The study of other cultures.
(b) The study of thought and thinking.
(c) The study of the head.
(d) The study of the hands.

6. What is meant by the term ‘poverty of opportunity’?
(a) The lack of social opportunities open to members of society.
(b) The lack of well-paid jobs to offer.
(c) The inability to afford food because of poverty.
(d) The inability to move house because of poverty.

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

8. What is a radical in this context?
(a) A type of politician.
(b) A person whose views and actions are starkly different to those around them.
(c) A type of person who agrees with everyone around them.
(d) A type of chemical.

9. Why did Mr. Giddy hold his specific view on education?
(a) Because he thought the poor would become unhappy and unproductive workers.
(b) Because he liked the poor.
(c) Because he thought the poor had better things to do than go to school.
(d) Because he thought the poor didn't want to go to school.

10. What is the purpose of critical pedagogy?
(a) To spread a religion.
(b) To inspect schools.
(c) To oppose oppression.
(d) To look out for failing students.

11. Why are power structures necessarily bad, according to Friere?
(a) Because those at the top always turn into dictators.
(b) Because they cost a lot to maintain.
(c) Because they always have the weak at the bottom and the strong at the top.
(d) Because those at the bottom express unthinking loyalty.

12. What is the job of the Preface?
(a) To warn readers.
(b) To inform the reader of the later ideas of the book.
(c) To tell the readers what they should know.
(d) To act as a government health warning.

13. Who was Paulo Friere?
(a) A Russian revolutionary.
(b) A Brazilian teacher, socialist and educator.
(c) A British subvert.
(d) An American academic.

14. What does it mean to be an actualized or fully humanized human being, according to Friere?
(a) To be of democratic voting age.
(b) To follow a particular system of thought.
(c) To be enlightened.
(d) To possess true freedom of thought.

15. What does Friere maintain in the Preface that his readers must be ready for?
(a) The time of their lives.
(b) Revolution.
(c) Anything.
(d) Change.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Friere explain is dehumanized through the Oppression and Oppressed relationship?

3. Why does Frier use the example of Mr. Giddy?

4. What is an Authority figure?

5. What does Friere state unapologetically that his position is?

(see the answer keys)

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