Quiz on Prejudices

1. Punishing those who behave in prejudicial ways is:

A- the quickest solution to ending the problems of prejudicial behavior.

B - a response that is impossible since most prejudicial behavior is difficult to observe or prove.

C - unlikely to make a major difference since those who are the most prejudiced tend to have already received more punishment than most of us have received.

D - Both B and C.

2. Diversity training should be required of everybody to solve the problems of prejudices in our   culture.

A - No. Diversity training should not be required because it is not standardized nor has it    been shown to be effective in any controlled studies.

B - Yes, it should be required of everyone.

C - No. There is evidence that some forms of diversity training actually increase    prejudicial behavior among some populations.

D - While both A, and C are true there are some processes that work with some    populations.

3. If one thinks prejudicial thoughts, one should suppress them or avoid thinking them.

A - Yes, Thoughts are very close to actions and one should avoid thinking negative thoughts    about other groups of people.

B - No. One should not suppress the thoughts, but one should actively replace them with    more positive images of the group members.

C - No. Prejudicial thoughts are normal and harmless; they are part of being in a group.

D - Yes. If we don't start on a personal level to reduce prejudicial thinking, then the    problems simply grow.

4. Prejudices don't cost our society and therefore are really only a problem to those who are the   victims of the prejudicial behavior.

A - To discuss the monetary cost of prejudicial behavior is impossible.

B - The costs of prejudicial behavior is a human cost and is not a national issue of    economics.

C - The cost of sexism and racism alone have been estimated at over one half a trillion    dollars per year.

D - Both A and B are true.

5. Most people are not prejudiced.

A - Surveys show that well over 75% of our population does not consider themselves to be    racist.

B - Those who discriminate are a very small proportion of our population.

C - Research has shown that those who identify themselves as low in prejudicial beliefs    still discriminate.

D - Both A and C are true.

6. There are no inexpensive methods of managing prejudicial behavior.

A - This is true because they are so wide spread, but we still need to try.

B - There are ways of managing prejudicial behavior that cost next to nothing.

C - While the training might be expensive the long term savings are worth the    investment.

7. We are all treated equally under the law.

A - In the private sector there are some types of discrimination, but when it come to the    legal system we are all equal under the law.

B - In some cases race might be an issue, but not on the majority of cases.

C - The treatment of people under the court system is extremely unequal.

D - Discrimination has been a long standing part of our court system.

8. Those who risked their own lives to save Jewish People in western Europe during the period that   the Nazi were practicing genocide were more religious than those who did not try to save the Jewish   People.

A - True

B - False

9. Spanking a child has little to do with racism.

A - True

B - False

10. Those who saved Jewish people from Hitler's genocide had more resources to do so than those who    did not.

A - True they had larger attics or larger basements.

B - False, they had no more resources.

11. Those who are in positions of authority can do a great deal to manage prejudices within the ranks    of an organization.

A - True

B - False

12. Being strongly prejudiced has little to do with a person's intellectual functioning or ability to    make other types of judgments.

A - True

B - False

13. The motivation of a strongly prejudiced person who is committing an overtly prejudiced act is    basically the same as that of a person with lower levels of prejudicial behavior who is functioning    out of a stereotyped perception.

A - True

B - False

14. When a person who does not hold prejudicial beliefs behaves in a prejudicial way they often feel a    personal sense of discomfort.

A - True

B - False

15. Those who are most strongly prejudiced toward a target group generally know no more negative    stereotypes about those they are prejudiced toward than those who are low in prejudicial behavior    toward the same group.

A - True

B - False

16. When the leading scientists of the world look at the issues that threaten our future they look at    environmental concerns not prejudicial behavior.

A - They have little agreement about the things that threaten our future and there is    nothing that even looks like a consensus.

B - There is a clear consensus within the majority of the leading scientists in the world    about what threatens our future and these concerns include concerns about    prejudicial behavior.

C - There is a clear consensus within the majority of the leading scientists in the world    about what threatens our future and these concerns include concerns about    prejudicial behavior specifically sexism .

17. Sexism, racism, ageism, xenophobia, homophobia and the prejudices toward those with    disabilities all have basically the same dynamics.

A - They are all basically the same except for homophobia which is very different and    functions differently than the others.

B - They are each different and have their own set dynamics.

C - They are all basically the same except for the prejudices toward those with    disabilities which is very different and functions differently than the others.

D - They are all basically the same.

18. It could be argued that xenophobia motivates a major expenditure within the U.S. defense budget.

A - True

B - False

19. When Black and White, men and women are shopping for a new car who is offered the better    price? And how much difference in price does discrimination produce?

A - White males got the best price by $950.00 over the lowest group

B - White males got the best price by $425.00 over the lowest group

C - White females got the best price by $346.00 over the lowest group

D - Black Females got the best price by $246.00 over the lowest group

E - Black males got the best price by $50.00 over the lowest group

20. In some large studies it has been repeatedly shown that children feel more critical of themselves    when they are in high school than when they are in elementary school. Using the statement: "I am    happy the way I am" as an indicator of feelings of self-worth which group drops to the lowest    level from elementary school to high school in feelings of self-worth.

A - Black girls

B - White girls

C - Hispanic girls

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