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Date: Fri, 23 Sep 1994 11:30:00 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Richard W. Rees"
To: alllcts@english-server.hss.cmu.edu
Subject: 76-101 tidbit


Here's a recent quiz I gave my students based on James D. Anderson's "How We Learn about Race through History." My students missed 2 or 3 on average. I pass it along for your amusement. (Answers below).

T/F -- According to Anderson:

  1. We may not always be able to define race but we can always tell race when we see it.
  2. Anthropology provides evidence that all human beings are black.
  3. Race is a biological and scientific concept and does not change over time or vary from society to society.
  4. Race and Racism have been around since the beginning of time and will continue to exist as long as there are multiracial societies.
  5. Race and Racism didn't fully emerge until the 18thc.
  6. Racism has always been more of a problem in the Southern US than in the other regions.
  7. Racism does not explain the cause of slavery in America, but rather the other way around.
  8. Since the victories of the civil rights movement, race and racism have declined as a significant political issue in America.
  9. Racial prejudice is the natural reaction of fear and suspicion automatically stimulated in the brain by the appearance of someone physically different from ourselves. This explains why humans naturally feel more comfortable around people of the same skin color.
  10. Race and Etnicity are products of history, creations of men and women rather than nature, and as such can be changed by men and women.

Answers:

  1. We may not always be able to define race but we can always tell race when we see it. 88 [False]
  2. Anthropology provides evidence that all human beings are black. 88 [True]
  3. Race is a biological and scientific concept and does not change over time or vary from society to society. 88 [False]
  4. Race and Racism have been around since the beginning of time and will continue to exist as long as there are multiracial societies. 90 [False]
  5. Race and Racism didn't fully emerge until the 18thc. 92 [True]
  6. Racism has always been more of a problem in the Southern US than in the other regions. 94 [False]
  7. Racism does not explain the cause of slavery in America, but rather the other way around. 97 [True]
  8. Since the victories of the civil rights movement, race and racism have declined as a significant political issue in America. 97 [False]
  9. Racial prejudice is the natural reaction of fear and suspicion automatically stimulated in the brain by the appearance of someone physically different from ourselves. This explains why humans naturally feel more comfortable around people of the same skin color. 99-100 [False]
  10. Race and Etnicity are products of history, creations of men and women rather than nature, and as such can be changed by men and women. 105 [True]





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