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 phenomenon will help us understand race theory in Gilroy's account?
(a) Mutation.
(b) Revolution.
(c) Evolution.
(d) Cycles of history.

2. What limitations are ideas of race experiencing in Gilroy's opinion?
(a) They are too rural.
(b) They are too essentialist.
(c) They are too nationalistic.
(d) They are too cosmopolitan.

3. How does Gilroy say slaves used music?
(a) To invoke their racial memories.
(b) To communicate with each other over distances.
(c) To preserve their ancient culture.
(d) To express their pain.

4. Why would blacks be urged to forget slavery?
(a) To reclaim their individual experiences of trauma, and live from there.
(b) To recall the larger tradition of African history.
(c) To allow blacks to claim the benefits of modernity as their own.
(d) To clear the way for the difficulties that are particular to modernity.

5. What did black music help to form in Britain as Gilroy describes it?
(a) Class consciousness.
(b) A collective identity.
(c) Resistance to industrialism.
(d) Political power.

Short Answer Questions

1. What image did English fans have of what a black performer should be like?

2. How does Gilroy say that Richard Wright saw capitalism?

3. What does music allow black culture to do with this feeling?

4. What does Gilroy say the language of ethnic opposition typically does?

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

(see the answer key)

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