Critical Thinking Questions – Midway Moment 1

Critical Thinking Questions –
1. How do some people define racism?
2. What are helpful ways to identify racism?
3. Are you able to recognize racism in social institutions including education, religion, corporations, sports, music, and other entertainment industries?
4. Describe intergroup/individual relations in the United States.
5. Explore the attitudes and beliefs of the individual and groups.
6. What are best ways to diagnose controversies among differing groups?

12 Years A Slave
1. What was the name of the city where Solomon was betrayed?
A) Baltimore
B) Washington
C) Richmond
D) Atlanta

2. Why wasn’t Solomon released since he obviously was not a slave?
A) He was too valuable and not yet paid for.
B) It would cost too much to return him.
C) The slave owner would receive a fine and prison sentence.
D) He may return and lead a revolt.

3. Solomon begins to accept that he’s a slave while ___________.
A) seeing two other slaves being lynched.
B) being whipped for not picking enough cotton.
C) singing with the other enslaved people at the grave-site funeral.
D) burning the letter he had written.

4. During the enslavement era, Christianity was introduced to the enslaved by their owners who wanted to save their souls and help them assimilate into American culture.
T or F

5. Although Master Epps loved Patsy, he would not allow himself to do so freely or publicly since he viewed the enslaved not as full human beings but as his property. Therefore, out of his anger and disdain, he raped and whipped her.
T or F

6. Solomon is forced by Master Epps to whip Patsy as another way of controlling and dehumanizing the enslaved on his cotton plantation.
T or F

Slavery and the Making of America, Volume One: The Downward Spiral

1. What was the name of the company that brought free Africans to work in the colonies?
A) England Atlantic Shipping Company
B) Dutch West Indies Trading Company
C) Spanish Transnational Company
D) American Transatlantic Company

2. Before the Pilgrims arrived, most of the original African laborers were:
A) Enslaved
B) Indentured Servants
C) Half Free
D) Visiting Workers

3. What event establishes “Institutional Racism” in America?
A) Stono Rebellion
B) Harsher penalty for the black indentured servant, John Bunch
C) John Brown Revolt
D) Revolutionary War

4. European owned companies brought African women to the colonies because they did not want the African male workers to marry and have sexual relationships with White women.
T or F

5. Professor Peter Wood states that “Institutional Racism” in America cannot be fully addressed until we honestly deal with the Institution of Slavery.
T or F

6. The Sociological link between America’s “Institution of Slavery” from the past and the #BlackLives Matter Movement presently, is that many American “Institutions” including but not limited to some in law enforcement, still do not equally and fully value Black lives.
T or