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. How are the oppressed classes usually stereotyped by their oppressors?
(a) As honest.
(b) As lazy and stupid.
(c) As natural leaders.
(d) As weak.

2. What is a revolutionary?
(a) One who wants a complete change in the structure and order of society.
(b) One who disagrees with anything told to them.
(c) Someone who agrees with their rulers.
(d) One who seeks to destroy society.

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

4. In what school of thought can the ideas of the book be placed?
(a) Critical theory.
(b) Theology.
(c) Fascism.
(d) Totalitarianism.

5. 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.

6. What is Mr Giddy's view on education?
(a) The poor should never be educated.
(b) Education is costly.
(c) n is a noble endeavor.
(d) The poor should always be educated.

7. What is Marxism?
(a) The idea that the power must be in the hands of an egalitarian society.
(b) A company.
(c) Another word for Russian.
(d) A type of education system.

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

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

10. What is the goal of critical consciousness?
(a) To become fully humanized.
(b) To become the best in society.
(c) To be the perfect worker at your job.
(d) To lead a revolution.

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

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

13. In what way is pedagogy transmitted to the next generation, according to the author?
(a) Through self-learning.
(b) Through education and the media.
(c) Through television adverts.
(d) Through churches.

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

15. When was this book written?
(a) 1968.
(b) 1948.
(c) 1958.
(d) 1978.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of this book?

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

3. What does it mean to be an actualized or fully humanized human being, according to Friere?

4. What does Paolo Friere mean by critical thinking?

5. How important is critical thinking to Friere?

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