Essay Cove

Essay Cove

Answer ALL of the following
questions completely. This is not an opinion-based or essay exam.
So, please support your answers to each of the questions by drawing upon the
required readings from Zack’s textbook Thinking
About Race or from the e-reserve required list of articles for the class to
inform and reference your response. The total points that you can receive on
the final exam is 50.
1.
Discuss why race does not have a biological or
scientific importance. Also, discuss why race has a social significance. And,
discuss why it is important to make a distinction between these two different
understanding of what race is and what it is not. (10 pts.)
2.
Zack argues that “the world was not always white and
the United States did not automatically
become white. American whiteness was constructed.” Discuss what Zack meant when she said American
whiteness was constructed through each
of the following ways:

cultural ideals about whiteness

development and enforcement of ideas of nonwhite as
humanly inferior to whites

the exclusion of nonwhites from positions of public
visibility, and

the imposition of white cultural norms on all racial
groups. (10 pts)
3.
Discuss 2 specific ways in which the Chinese and
Japanese experiences in the United States were similar. Also, discuss 2 specific
ways in which their experiences in this country were different. (5 pts.)
4.
Discuss what Karen Sacks meant and provide examples
from her article, when she said:
“The myth that Jews pulled
themselves up by their own bootstraps ignores the fact that it took federal
programs to create the conditions whereby the abilities of Jews and other
European immigrants could be recognized and rewarded rather
than denigrated and denied.” (5
pts)
5.
Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority group in the
United States.
Compare 2 different Hispanic ethnic groups’ experiences in
the
United States and
contrast 2 differences in their experience. (5 pts.)
6.
Explain the rationale for Affirmative Action. Also,
identify and discuss 3 arguments favoring Affirmative Action. And,
identify and discuss 3 arguments
against affirmative action. (10
pts.)
7.
Toni Morrison uses the metaphor of an Africanist
presence or an “Africanlike” persona to discuss the development of race
relations in America. She indicates that this metaphor has played two fundamental
roles in shaping race relations. Identify and discuss those two roles. (5 pts.)
Exam
Guidelines
Please type and double-space your exam. Make sure that you
answer each part of the multi-part questions, because you will be graded on the
completeness of your answer. Do not write your exam as if it is a term paper,
rather number and answer each question separately. You may only use only 1 direct quote
(using quotation marks) in your response to each question, otherwise
paraphrase. To document your answer, cite the author and page number, for
example (Bailey, p.33).

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