Practice Test On Race And Ethnicity! Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    The racial term “African American” can refer to:a black person living in America

    • A.

      A black person living in America

    • B.

      People whose ancestors came to America through the slave trade

    • C.

      A white person who originated in Africa and now lives in the United States

    • D.

      Any of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. Any of the above
    Explanation
    The term "African American" is a racial term that can refer to any of the options provided. It can be used to describe a black person living in America, as well as people whose ancestors came to America through the slave trade. Additionally, it can also be used to refer to a white person who originated in Africa and now lives in the United States. Therefore, the correct answer is "any of the above."

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  • 2. 

    Amalgamation is represented by the _____________ metaphor.

    • A.

      Melting pot

    • B.

      Statue of Liberty

    • C.

      Salad bowl

    • D.

      Separate but equal

    Correct Answer
    A. Melting pot
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "melting pot." This metaphor represents the idea of different cultures and ethnicities coming together and blending into one harmonious whole. It suggests that when people from diverse backgrounds live together, their individual identities and traditions merge to create a new, unified culture. The term "melting pot" implies a sense of assimilation and unity, where differences are embraced and celebrated.

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  • 3. 

    What doctrine justified legal segregation in the South?

    • A.

      Jim Crow

    • B.

      Plessey v. Ferguson

    • C.

      De jure

    • D.

      Separate but equal

    Correct Answer
    D. Separate but equal
    Explanation
    The doctrine of "separate but equal" justified legal segregation in the South. This doctrine, established by the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case in 1896, allowed for racially segregated facilities as long as they were deemed equal in quality. However, in reality, these facilities were far from equal, with Black Americans being subjected to inferior accommodations, services, and opportunities. This doctrine was used to enforce racial discrimination and maintain the social and political dominance of white Americans over Black Americans during the era of Jim Crow laws.

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  • 4. 

    Which federal act or program was designed to allow more Hispanic American immigration, not block it?

    • A.

      The Bracero Program

    • B.

      Immigration Reform and Control Act

    • C.

      Operation Wetback

    • D.

      SB 1070

    Correct Answer
    A. The Bracero Program
    Explanation
    The Bracero Program was a federal act or program that was designed to allow more Hispanic American immigration, not block it. This program was initiated during World War II to address labor shortages in the United States by allowing Mexican workers to enter the country temporarily and work in agriculture and other industries. The program aimed to regulate and provide legal channels for Mexican workers to come to the United States, rather than blocking their immigration.

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  • 5. 

    Many Arab Americans face _______________, especially after 9/11.

    • A.

      Racism

    • B.

      Segregation

    • C.

      Islamophobia

    • D.

      Prejudice

    Correct Answer
    A. Racism
    Explanation
    Many Arab Americans face racism, especially after 9/11. This is because they are often unfairly targeted and discriminated against based on their Arab ethnicity and perceived association with terrorism. This racism manifests in various forms, such as racial profiling, hate crimes, and systemic discrimination in areas like employment and housing. Arab Americans have been subjected to negative stereotypes and prejudice, leading to marginalization and exclusion from society.

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  • 6. 

    What is the one defining feature of a minority group?

    • A.

      Self-definition

    • B.

      Numerical minority

    • C.

      Lack of power

    • D.

      Strong cultural identity

    Correct Answer
    C. Lack of power
    Explanation
    A minority group is defined by their lack of power, meaning they have limited influence and control over resources and decision-making processes in society. This lack of power can manifest in various forms, such as limited access to education, employment opportunities, and political representation. It is this power differential that sets them apart from the majority group and contributes to their marginalized status. While self-definition, numerical minority, and strong cultural identity may be characteristics associated with minority groups, the defining feature is ultimately their lack of power.

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  • 7. 

    What makes Native Americans unique as a subordinate group in the United States?

    • A.

      They are the only group that experienced expulsion.

    • B.

      They are the only group that was segregated.

    • C.

      They are the only group that was enslaved.

    • D.

      They are the only group that did not come here as immigrants.

    Correct Answer
    D. They are the only group that did not come here as immigrants.
    Explanation
    Native Americans are unique as a subordinate group in the United States because they are the only group that did not come to the country as immigrants. Unlike other groups, Native Americans are indigenous to the land and have inhabited the Americas for thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers. This distinction sets them apart from other subordinate groups who migrated to the United States at various points in history.

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  • 8. 

    Speedy Gonzalez is an example of:

    • A.

      Intersection theory

    • B.

      Stereotyping

    • C.

      Interactionist view

    • D.

      Culture of prejudice

    Correct Answer
    B. Stereotyping
    Explanation
    Speedy Gonzalez is an example of stereotyping because he is a fictional character from the Looney Tunes cartoons who is portrayed as a fast-talking, quick-moving Mexican mouse. This portrayal perpetuates a stereotype by emphasizing exaggerated characteristics associated with Mexican culture, such as speed and agility. Stereotyping involves making assumptions or generalizations about a group of people based on limited or superficial characteristics, which can lead to prejudice and discrimination.

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  • 9. 

    Ethnicity describes shared:

    • A.

      Beliefs

    • B.

      Language

    • C.

      Religion

    • D.

      Any of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. Any of the above
    Explanation
    Ethnicity refers to the common characteristics shared by a group of people, which can include beliefs, language, religion, or any combination of these factors. It is not limited to just one aspect, but encompasses various aspects that contribute to the cultural identity of a particular group. Therefore, the correct answer is "any of the above."

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  • 10. 

    Which intergroup relation displays the least tolerance?

    • A.

      Segregation

    • B.

      Assimilation

    • C.

      Genocide

    • D.

      Expulsion

    Correct Answer
    C. Genocide
    Explanation
    Genocide displays the least tolerance among the intergroup relations listed. Genocide refers to the deliberate and systematic extermination of a particular ethnic, racial, or religious group. It involves extreme violence and destruction, showing a complete lack of tolerance and acceptance towards the targeted group. Segregation, assimilation, and expulsion may also involve discrimination or mistreatment, but they do not reach the level of violence and complete annihilation seen in genocide.

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  • 11. 

    Stereotypes can be based on:

    • A.

      Race

    • B.

      Ethnicity

    • C.

      Gender

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Stereotypes can be based on race, ethnicity, and gender. Stereotypes are generalizations or assumptions made about a group of people based on their characteristics or identity. These stereotypes can be formed based on race, which refers to physical characteristics shared by a group of people, ethnicity, which refers to cultural or ancestral background, and gender, which refers to the social and cultural roles assigned to individuals based on their biological sex. Stereotypes can be harmful as they often oversimplify and perpetuate biases and discrimination against individuals or groups.

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  • 12. 

    Which subordinate group is often referred to as the “model minority?”

    • A.

      African Americans

    • B.

      Asian Americans

    • C.

      White ethnic Americans

    • D.

      Native Americans

    Correct Answer
    B. Asian Americans
    Explanation
    Asian Americans are often referred to as the "model minority" because they are perceived to have achieved a high level of success in education, income, and other socioeconomic indicators compared to other minority groups. This stereotype is based on the perception that Asian Americans have strong family values, a strong work ethic, and a focus on education and career success. However, it is important to note that this stereotype overlooks the diversity and challenges within the Asian American community and can perpetuate harmful stereotypes for other minority groups.

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  • 13. 

    What is discrimination?

    • A.

      Biased thoughts against an individual or group

    • B.

      Biased actions against an individual or group

    • C.

      Belief that a race different from yours is inferior

    • D.

      Another word for stereotyping

    Correct Answer
    B. Biased actions against an individual or group
    Explanation
    Discrimination refers to biased actions that are directed towards an individual or a group. It involves treating someone unfairly or differently based on certain characteristics such as race, gender, religion, or nationality. This can manifest in various forms such as denial of opportunities, unequal treatment, or harassment. Discrimination is not just limited to thoughts or beliefs, but it encompasses actual actions that perpetuate bias and inequality.

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  • 14. 

    Scapegoat theory shows that:

    • A.

      Subordinate groups blame dominant groups for their problems

    • B.

      Dominant groups blame subordinate groups for their problems

    • C.

      Some people are predisposed to prejudice

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Dominant groups blame subordinate groups for their problems
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "dominant groups blame subordinate groups for their problems." The scapegoat theory suggests that when dominant groups face problems or challenges, they tend to shift the blame onto subordinate groups, making them the target of their frustrations. This behavior allows the dominant groups to maintain their power and avoid taking responsibility for their own issues.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following is the best explanation of racism as a social fact?

    • A.

      It needs to be eradicated by laws.

    • B.

      It is like a magic pill.

    • C.

      It does not need the actions of individuals to continue.

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. It does not need the actions of individuals to continue.
    Explanation
    Racism as a social fact refers to the idea that racism exists and persists in society regardless of individual actions. This means that even if individuals do not actively engage in racist behavior, racism still exists as a systemic issue. It is not solely dependent on the actions of individuals, but rather is embedded within social structures and institutions. Therefore, the best explanation of racism as a social fact is that it does not need the actions of individuals to continue.

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  • 16. 

    Why did most white ethnic Americans come to the United States?

    • A.

      For a better life

    • B.

      To escape oppression

    • C.

      Because they were forced out of their own countries

    • D.

      A and b only

    Correct Answer
    D. A and b only
    Explanation
    Most white ethnic Americans came to the United States for a better life and to escape oppression. Many sought economic opportunities and the promise of a brighter future, while others were fleeing religious or political persecution in their home countries. The combination of these factors, a and b, explains the reasons behind their migration to the United States.

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  • 17. 

    As a Caucasian in the United States, being reasonably sure that you will be dealing with authority figures of the same race as you is a result of:

    • A.

      Intersection theory

    • B.

      Conflict theory

    • C.

      White privilege

    • D.

      Scapegoating theory

    Correct Answer
    C. White privilege
    Explanation
    White privilege refers to the societal advantages and benefits that white individuals experience simply because of their race. In the context of the given question, being reasonably sure that authority figures will be of the same race as a Caucasian person is a result of white privilege. This privilege allows them to feel a sense of familiarity and comfort when interacting with authority figures, as they are more likely to share similar cultural backgrounds and experiences. This privilege is not available to individuals from racial minority groups who may face biases and discrimination when dealing with authority figures who are not of their own race.

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  • 18. 

    Which of the following is an example of a numerical majority being treated as a subordinate group?

    • A.

      Jewish people in Germany

    • B.

      Creoles in New Orleans

    • C.

      White people in Brazil

    • D.

      Blacks under Apartheid in South Africa

    Correct Answer
    D. Blacks under Apartheid in South Africa
    Explanation
    Blacks under Apartheid in South Africa is an example of a numerical majority being treated as a subordinate group. During the Apartheid era, the white minority government implemented a system of racial segregation and discrimination, which oppressed and marginalized the black majority population. Despite being the numerical majority, black people were subjected to discriminatory laws, forced removals, limited access to education and healthcare, and denied political rights. This systematic oppression and subordination based on race exemplifies the concept of a numerical majority being treated as a subordinate group.

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  • 19. 

    What intergroup relationship is represented by the “salad bowl” metaphor?

    • A.

      Assimilation

    • B.

      Pluralism

    • C.

      Amalgamation

    • D.

      Segregation

    Correct Answer
    B. Pluralism
    Explanation
    The "salad bowl" metaphor represents the intergroup relationship of pluralism. Pluralism refers to a society or community where different cultural groups coexist while maintaining their distinct identities and values. In the context of the "salad bowl" metaphor, each cultural group is seen as a separate ingredient in a salad, contributing to the overall diversity and richness of the society. This metaphor emphasizes the importance of respecting and valuing cultural differences while promoting inclusivity and equality among different groups.

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