Practice Quiz for
What are You?

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1 When are Americans officially assigned to a specific "racial" group?
a) at birth
b) when they enter school
c) never
2 Which group of Americans is more likely to believe that official ethnic/racial classification and life-long tracking is unnecessary?
a) ethnic/racial minorities
b) European Americans
c) Both of the above
3 The current official state and national government practice in the U.S. is to force everyone into one of a number of specific "racial" categories for the national census, hiring goals, college admission records, etc. Which of the following statements is true regarding this process?
a) Ultimately, these categories are based on the false assumption that somewhere there are pure "races".
b) There is nothing arbitrary about how we get assigned a specific group identity.
c) The "racial" category that is selected for birth certificates and national census reporting does not change with the social situation or historical changes.
4 The number of multi-racial children in America:
a) has remained about the same during the last decade
b) has increased slightly during the last decade
c) has doubled each of the last 3 decades
5 Opposition to a "multi-racial" category being added to the year 2000 census came mainly from:
a) racial/ethnic rights organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Council of La Raza
b) anthropologists
c) multi-racial and multi-ethnic rights organizations
6 In the 2000 U.S. Census, about how many Americans chose to identify themselves as having more than one race?
a) 7,000,000
b) 20,000,000
c) 200,000,000
7 In the past, which of the following groups was sometimes identified as "white" or "European" by American government agencies and other public institutions?
a) Filipino
b) Hawaiian
c) East Indian
8 Which of the following societies officially used the fewest "racial" categories?
a) South Africa during the "apartheid" era (i.e., until the early 1990's)
b) Spanish colonial America
c) French colonial Haiti
9 Which of the following group identity categories is not broken down into subgroups by the U.S. Census?
a) "White"
b) Asian
c) Pacific Islander



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