The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

Paul Gilroy
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4, Cheer the Weary Traveller, W.E.B. Du Bois, Germany and the Politics of (Dis)placement.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What reason does Gilroy use for justifying this characterization of the notion of racial purity?
(a) It fuels a false sense of cultural identity.
(b) It obscures realities.
(c) It gives individuals too much freedom.
(d) It lumps dissimilar people together.

2. What idea does Gilroy say black consciousness forces us to revise?
(a) The idea of inalienable rights.
(b) The idea that capitalism brings progress wherever it goes.
(c) The idea of the cultural center and the periphery.
(d) The idea of equality between workers, men and women, and the races.

3. What kind of relation did Martin Robison Delany foresee between English capital, black American intellect and African labor?
(a) A global arts and entertainment empire.
(b) A dynamic alliance.
(c) A decentralized marketplace of powers and ideas.
(d) A hegemonic empire.

4. How does Gilroy characterize the notion of racial purity?
(a) Tragic.
(b) Clearly absurd.
(c) Inescapable.
(d) Essential.

5. What is the first period of black history, according to DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk?
(a) Surviving the leap to modernism.
(b) Exile from home.
(c) Liberation from slavery.
(d) Acceptance of slavery.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gilroy say led to Jimi Hendrix's triumph in the U.S.?

2. What criticism does Gilroy make of modern racial and ethnic concepts?

3. What does Gilroy say people become after witnessing black music?

4. What does music do to the genteel image many moderns have of themselves according to Gilroy?

5. What did the struggle for black autonomy involve, for DuBois?

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