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

Paul Gilroy
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6, Not a Story to Pass On, Living Memory and the Slave Sublime.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do black artists sometimes focus on, to their detriment, according to Gilroy?
(a) Intellectual demonstrations of power.
(b) Exaggerated masculinity.
(c) Political power.
(d) Money.

2. What does Gilroy say gave Richard Wright his authenticity?
(a) His origins in Mississippi.
(b) His travels to Africa.
(c) His political activities.
(d) His birth in Chicago.

3. What does Gilroy say master-race intellectuals often do to race?
(a) Subsume it into working class consciousness.
(b) Fetishize it.
(c) Reduce it to marketable cultural forms.
(d) Essentialize it in opposition to the master race.

4. What does Gilroy say Richard Wright was ambivalent to?
(a) A closed racial community.
(b) Reconciliation with white culture.
(c) Assimilation.
(d) Harmonious coexistence with dominant culture.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What cultural work does Gilroy say music has performed?

2. What kind of history did Frederick Douglass propose according to Gilroy?

3. What is the aim of Chapter 6?

4. What does tradition signify in black culture according to Gilroy?

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

(see the answer key)

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