Critical reading: “the context of traditional american values:

After closely reading the article “The Context of Traditional American Values: Racial, Ethnic, Religious and Cultural Diversity” please answer the following questions:

1. What does cultural diversity mean as it pertains to this article?

2. What does “national identity” mean? According to the article, what are “American values”?

3. According to the article, what are the 6 basic values that are traditional American values?

4. What are “aristocrats”?

5. Why was the Constitution written?

6. According to paragraph 9,what is “freedom”?

7. What is “self-reliance”?

8. Look at paragraph 14. What is meant by “social class”? 

9. According to paragraph 16, what does “equality” mean?

10. What is competition? Look at paragraphs 18-20. Do you think competition is beneficial to the American way of life? Why or why not?

11. According to the article, how does one acquire material wealth?1

2. Do you think the “American Dream” is a reality? Why or why not?