1. Participants in the exercise reacted in different ways to the unfairness of the authority figure. Identify two kinds of attempts that were made to cope with this situation and analyze the effectiveness of each in defeating the oppressor or lessening the pressure. Can you suggest something that might have worked better?
2. If you had been in the microcultural group created by the exercise, what would you have done? What would the logical consequences of such an action have been? Would they be the same for microcultural group members who react that way in today’s society?
3. What were the major factors perpetuating the status quo in the society created by the leader in the eye-color exercise? Can you cite parallels from today’s society to the attitudes and behaviors of the participants during the exercise?
4. Microcultural group members tend to see many people from the mainstream culture in positions of power in much the same way that members of the inferior group perceived Mrs. Elliott during the exercise. What effect might such a perception have on the productivity of a business, the respect or acceptance afforded law enforcement personnel, or the perpetuation of your democratic way of life?
5. From what you’ve seen in this film, who do you feel is responsible for the existence and elimination of racism in society? For example, do you believe schools, religious leaders, the government, heads of major corporations, or the legal system are responsible? Explain your answer.