Soul of a Citizen: Sample Quiz
The following quiz was used in Writing and Research, a freshman composition class at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for students admitted through their Academic Opportunity
program. Of course any of the study questions could also be turned into shorter or longer essay questions.
1. "Learned helplessness" is the result of being
taught to let others handle the problems that we see.
2. Loebs "antidote" to powerlessness is
becoming involved to create better social conditions.
3. If you are a political conservative, Loeb says his book
is probably not for you.
4. Loeb says his main approach will be to give the reader a
lot of facts and numbers to spur you to social action.
5. Loeb believes that if we cant find immediate
solutions to the problems we see, then our efforts to solve them have been in vain.
6. Loeb believes that one of the biggest reasons why people
resist becoming involved in even the most urgent social problems is learned helplessness.
7. Loeb argues that the impact of our actions often ripples
outward in ways we can rarely anticipate.
8. The main claim or thesis of Loebs book will be
that our most serious problems can be solved only through common efforts.
9. Loeb says that people have various reasons for never
becoming involved in social issues.
10. Loeb believes that taking a stand with others on issues
we believe in helps us to grow psychologically and spiritually.
11. Today the five thousand richest people on the planet
control more wealth than the bottom three billion.
12. Rosa Parks had never been involved in social activism
before her famous act of refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person.
13. Loeb uses the term "perfect standard" to
describe some of the ideals that keep people from getting involved in social causes.
14. Loeb believes that its best to address every
facet of a social question, all at once, to understand it better before we act on it.
15. Loeb believes that the ability to make a difference in
our communities is innate and immutable, either part of our character or not.
16. According to Loeb, social activism is as much a matter
of learning how to listen, to constantly test our own assumptions and desires against the
realities we encounter, and to be open-minded about our vision as it is of learning how to
voice our beliefs.
17. Loeb believes that personal troubles often have social
and/or economic roots.
18. Most of the examples of Chapter Three are meant to
support the idea that even the most exceptional stories often begin with seemingly
19. Loeb believes that cynicism keeps positive change from
happening and often thrives in large, complex societies like ours where the effects of our
actions are often unseen.
20. Loeb argues that we have far more power than we know to
influence the impersonal forces that create many of our societys problems with
crime, education, agriculture, ecology, poverty, and racism.
21. Loeb points out that virtually all of Americas
most effective historical movements met with repeated frustration and failure before
making significant progress toward their goals.
22. Loeb believes that single seemingly insignificant
efforts can produce powerful results.
23. Loeb points out that fighting for our deepest
convictions requires relinquishing control and accepting messy uncertainties.