Practice Quiz for
American Ethnicity Patterns

No. of Questions= 15

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1 Most reliable data on U.S. ethnic and "racial" groups comes from:
a) polls taken by major news agencies
b) surveys carried out by the United Nations
c) census data collected by the federal government
2 Throughout most of U.S. history, the "drop of blood" criterion for racial identification was used to:
a) label someone with even a small amount of African ancestry as "Black".
b) label someone with even a small amount of European ancestry as "White".
c) classify people in terms of race based on their type for the ABO blood system
3 The U.S. Census classifies ______________ as an ethnic rather than a "racial" category.
a) Mexican
b) Chinese
c) Vietnamese
4 Which of the following categories has been subdivided the least for the U.S. Census counts?
a) White
b) Hispanic
c) Asian
5 Recent immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa have been mostly placed into which of the following categories for U.S. Census purposes?
a) Black
b) African
c) "other race"
6 According to the year 2000 U.S. Census, which of the following groups of Americans has the fewest people?
a) Whites or European Americans
b) Blacks or African Americans
c) Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders combined
7 Based on changes between the 1990 and 2000 U.S. Censuses, which of the following groups has been increasing at the slowest percentage rate?
a) European Americans
b) African Americans
c) Asian and Pacific Islander
8 Based on changes between the 1990 and 2000 U.S. Censuses, which of the following groups increased at the fastest rate?
a) Hispanics
b) non-Hispanics
c) both increased at about the same rate
9 The largest American minority group is:
a) African Americans
b) Hispanics
c) Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
10 Most American ethnic and "racial" minorities are:
a) living and working on farms
b) concentrated in major urban centers
c) distributed fairly evenly around the country
11 Among the people who identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino in the year 2000 Census, the largest group by far consist of:
a) Mexicans
b) Puerto Ricans
c) Cubans
12 Among the people who identified themselves as Asian or Pacific Islander in the year 2000 U.S. Census, the largest group consisted of:
a) Chinese
b) Vietnamese
c) Hawaiian
13 Which of the following minority groups is now more likely to resist assimilation into the dominant European American society and culture?
a) African Americans
b) recent immigrants from Asia
c) recent immigrants from Europe
14 Which of the following immigrants are likely to be quickly assimilated into the American cultural mainstream?
a) immigrants who are isolated from others of their own ethnic group
b) immigrants who live surrounded by people sharing their culture and speaking their language or dialect
c) both are equally likely to assimilate
15 Those Americans who favor a society which acknowledges the permanent existence of unassimilated or only partially assimilated ethnic/racial minorities generally advocate:
a) a cultural melting pot
b) multiculturalism
c) forced expulsion of unassimilated minorities from America



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