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Posted by Trish on Friday, November 16, 2007 at 5:30pm.

Give a copy of Appendix D to a friend or family member and ask that person to complete
the table contained therein. In doing so, your chosen participant will consider what he or
she thinks are the common United States-centric viewpoints on Muslim and Arab
American and Christian American groups. Ask your participant to return their completed
appendix at least one day before this assignment is due.
• Complete a duplicate copy of Appendix D yourself, following the same directions as your
• Compare and contrast your participant’s answers with your own, and write a 350- to
500-word summary that answers all of the following questions:
o How are your table answers similar? How are they different?
o Do either tables list descriptors in the Both Groups category? Describe.
o From either or both tables, name one or two descriptor(s) that you think represent
true facts about each group and one or two descriptor(s) that you think are false.
o How do you think an average American’s perceptions of each group are created?United States-Centric Views Comparison

Consider this question: What are an average American’s perceptions about Muslim/Arab American and Christian American groups?

Copy each descriptor from the paragraph below and paste it into the table according to how you think an average American would categorize the descriptor. Would each descriptor best apply to Christian Americans only, Muslim and Arab Americans only, or to both groups? In organizing this information, you are conveying what you think most Americans perceive about these groups, so there are no “right” answers. In fact, your table categorizations may be markedly different from what you personally believe is true.


Good neighbors, family oriented, oppressive to women, not oppressive to women, women as homemakers, women who go to work, patriarchal society, modest dress, immodest dress, well educated, undereducated, religious content in education, secular content in education, devout, law abiding, conservative political values, moderate political values, governed by Biblical law, governed by the Qur’an, fanatically religious, religious values perpetuated in politics, religion part of government, male-dominated political environment, political environment open to both sexes, violent, peaceable, socially exclusionary, socially inclusive, socially oppressed, socially compliant, sexist, feminist, strict moral values, moderate moral values, flexible moral values


Christian Americans Both Groups Muslim and Arab Americans

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