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Paul Gilroy
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was Martin Robison Delany?
(a) A cultural critic who wrote about race.
(b) An abolitionist.
(c) The father of black nationalism.
(d) A historian.

2. What does Gilroy say postmodernism claims for itself?
(a) Uniqueness.
(b) Egalitarianism.
(c) Peace.
(d) Unprecedented power.

3. What literary form does Gilroy say gave blacks access to self-creation?
(a) Autobiography.
(b) Drama.
(c) Fiction.
(d) Poetry.

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

5. What relation does Gilroy say Western culture has with black politics?
(a) Sibling.
(b) Uncle.
(c) Stepparent.
(d) Father.

6. What does the notion of the Black Atlantic produce according to Gilroy?
(a) A simplification of racial concepts.
(b) New definitions of the races.
(c) A historical context for ideas of race.
(d) Transnational perspective.

7. What idea permeates slave consciousness, according to Gilroy?
(a) Freedom from history.
(b) Revolutionary apocalypse.
(c) Salvation theology.
(d) Self-reliance.

8. What does this image symbolize for Gilroy?
(a) A formula for evaluating race relations in history.
(b) A macrocosmic view of race relations.
(c) A micro-cultural, micro-political system.
(d) A theme to improvise on as he continues.

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

10. What language does Gilroy say sometimes dominates the language of racial emancipation in black music?
(a) Industry.
(b) Power.
(c) Sexuality.
(d) Technology.

11. What was Martin Robison Delany vocally critical of, as Gilroy tells it?
(a) The Fugitive Slave Law.
(b) The abolition movement.
(c) The Liberian movement in American abolitionism.
(d) The methods of narrating black history.

12. How does Gilroy characterize the modern self?
(a) Holistic.
(b) Contingent.
(c) Fractured.
(d) Temporary.

13. How does Gilroy say racial roots should be understood?
(a) As a source of power.
(b) As ancient essences.
(c) As a process of movement and mediation.
(d) As a hidden history.

14. How does Gilroy characterize the relation that binds the master race to the slave race?
(a) Subservience.
(b) Absolute power.
(c) Dependence.
(d) Freedom.

15. How does Gilroy suggest we think about the history of slavery?
(a) As central to Western culture.
(b) As an exception to Western civilization.
(c) As the defining institution in Western civilization.
(d) As the moral blight on modernity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the common memory for British blacks in Gilroy's opinion?

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

3. What does Gilroy say blacks search for in spite of the fragmentation of musical genres and traditions?

4. What did black music help to form in Britain as Gilroy describes it?

5. How does Gilroy characterize the pluralistic camp in black artistic circles?

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