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Beverly Daniel Tatum
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What university did Tatum attend and describe as a black school that had recently gone co-ed in Part II, Understanding Blackness in a White Context, Chapter 5, Racial Identity in Adulthood?
(a) The CUNY Graduate Center.
(b) Wesleyan University.
(c) The University of Michigan.
(d) Hartford Seminary.

2. What refers to an elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class, privilege, or wealth?
(a) Aristocracy.
(b) Oligarchy.
(c) Meritocracy.
(d) Democracy.

3. What is the first stage of William E. Cross, Jr.'s theory of Nigrescence?
(a) Pre-encounter.
(b) Immersion
(c) Internalization.
(d) Encounter.

4. What means to make an exclusive claim to?
(a) Adaptation.
(b) Conflation.
(c) Diffusion.
(d) Foreclosure.

5. The author writes in Part II, Understanding Blackness in a White Context, Chapter 4, Identity Development in Adolescence that the blacks who remain academically successful need a strategy to be accepted by whites, so they act in what manner?
(a) Like white people.
(b) Like asian people.
(c) Goal-oriented.
(d) Raceless.

Short Answer Questions

1. What groups benefit from systems of racism (and other isms), according to the author?

2. In her courses on the psychology of race, Tatum often finds that parents like to brag about what quality of their children?

3. What refers to a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined?

4. When was The Negro to Black Conversion Experience published?

5. In what year did Erik Erikson emigrate with his family to the United States?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author relate personal identity to the surrounding social group in Part I, A Definition of Terms, Chapter 2, The Complexity of Identity?

2. How does Tatum describe differences between men and women in racial identity in Part II, Understanding Blackness in a White Context, Chapter 4, Identity Development in Adolescence?

3. How do white and black children differ in their responses to the author's experiment in Part I, A Definition of Terms, Chapter 2, The Complexity of Identity? How do boys and girls respond differently?

4. How does Tatum relate prejudice to racism in Part I, A Definition of Terms, Chapter 1, Defining Racism?

5. When in an individual's life does the impact of racism begin, according to the author in Part I, A Definition of Terms, Chapter 1, Defining Racism? How is it developed?

6. How does the author describe white privilege in Part I, A Definition of Terms, Chapter 1, Defining Racism? What is problematic in addressing these issues?

7. How does the author distinguish between dominant and subordinate groups in Part I, A Definition of Terms, Chapter 2, The Complexity of Identity?

8. What experiment does the author describe enacting on young students in Part I, A Definition of Terms, Chapter 2, The Complexity of Identity? What results does she find?

9. What does Tatum say is a misconception parents have about their children in Part II, Understanding Blackness in a White Context, Chapter 3, The Early Years?

10. How does Tatum describe racial identity in relationship to religion in Part II, Understanding Blackness in a White Context, Chapter 5, Racial Identity in Adulthood?

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