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

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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 does Gilroy say DuBois often reminded blacks?
(a) That slavery was the worst thing people could suffer.
(b) That slavery was a finite stage in the development of the world consciousness.
(c) That slavery was worse than cultural collapse.
(d) That slavery was not the worst form of domination.

2. What kind of history did Frederick Douglass propose according to Gilroy?
(a) A history of pre-contact North America.
(b) A history of pre-slavery Africa.
(c) A history of blacks in the new world.
(d) A history of race relations.

3. How does Gilroy say we should look at the history of race in the West?
(a) As an opposition of black and white essences.
(b) As a conjunction of races.
(c) As a long cooperative experiment.
(d) As the collision of two defined cultures.

4. What kinds of frameworks was DuBois trying to look beyond?
(a) Relativist.
(b) Essentialist.
(c) Pluralist.
(d) Monotheist.

5. What does Gilroy say the language of ethnic opposition typically does?
(a) Provides a false sense of power and identity.
(b) Obscures racial differences.
(c) Empowers oppressed minorities.
(d) Accommodates numerous racial experiences.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Gilroy say DuBois was analyzing in The Souls of Black Folk?

2. How does Gilroy characterize postmodernity?

3. What does Gilroy say modern thinkers focus on in describing modernity?

4. How did DuBois' birthplace affect his identity?

5. What does Gilroy say master-race intellectuals often do to race?

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