The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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 does music do to the genteel image many moderns have of themselves according to Gilroy?
(a) It breaks it.
(b) It confirms it.
(c) It defines it.
(d) It balances it.

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

3. How does Gilroy characterize identity?
(a) As an essence that can be revealed by returning to roots.
(b) As an accomplishment that changes over time.
(c) As the context that demands explanations and a sense of self.
(d) As a mask that is assumed for its benefits.

4. What image did English fans have of what a black performer should be like?
(a) Cool, aloof, suave.
(b) Savage, illiterate, brutal.
(c) Wild, sexual, unrestrained.
(d) Intellectual, hip, wise.

5. How did DuBois' birthplace affect his identity?
(a) He felt aloof from American race politics because he was born in England.
(b) He felt like a spokesman for his race because he was born among them in the south.
(c) He felt inauthentically black because he was not born in the south.
(d) He felt genuinely black because he was born in Africa.

Short Answer Questions

1. What feeling does Gilroy say forms the foundation of the black Atlantic?

2. What is the first period of black history, according to DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk?

3. What literary form does Gilroy say gave blacks access to self-creation?

4. What does Gilroy say black diaspora styles of music typically emphasize?

5. What contradiction did Martin Robison Delany NOT embody in his beliefs, according to Gilroy?

(see the answer key)

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