The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Gilroy characterize the consciousness of the slave?
(a) An act of mourning.
(b) An act of hostility.
(c) An internalized history.
(d) A process of liberation.

2. What role has music played in debates of modernity according to Gilroy?
(a) It has been dismissed as a popular form of commerce.
(b) It has been ignored.
(c) It has defined the counter-culture.
(d) It has been central to definitions of modernity.

3. What has race been left out of, in Gilroy's opinion?
(a) The idea of modernity.
(b) Utopian visions.
(c) Modern visions of socialism.
(d) The idea of capitalism.

4. What function does the first chapter serve?
(a) Conceptual background.
(b) Historical perspective.
(c) Anecdotal introduction.
(d) Humorous analogy.

5. Whose challenges does Gilroy take up in the first section of the chapter?
(a) Writers'.
(b) Cultural studies'.
(c) Black peoples'.
(d) Ethnographers'.

6. How does Gilroy characterize the slaves' literacy?
(a) He says that they were denied literacy on pain of death.
(b) He says that slave music relied on primitive literary forms.
(c) He says that some slaves could read and write, but only under supervision.
(d) He says that literacy was inconsistent in the slave world.

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

8. How does Gilroy describe slavery's relation to western civilization?
(a) A shameful secret.
(b) A key part.
(c) A footnote.
(d) An untold story.

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

10. Whose narrative does Gilroy say rests upon the narrative of the black Atlantic?
(a) The liberated woman's.
(b) The modern workers'.
(c) The factory owners'.
(d) The white European's.

11. What image does Gilroy use as an emblem of the experience his book will describe?
(a) The slave ship.
(b) The hangman's noose.
(c) The slave plantation.
(d) The livery coat.

12. What critique does black consciousness make of modernity?
(a) It is not holistic.
(b) It only uses the promise of opportunity as a ploy to make people complicit in their own poverty.
(c) It is not honest.
(d) It is not as liberating as it likes to believe.

13. What kind of conception of blackness does Gilroy say he prefers?
(a) Modern.
(b) Essential.
(c) Pluralistic.
(d) Accommodationist.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Martin Robison Delany searching for?

2. How does Gilroy characterize the relation that binds the master race to the slave race?

3. What did music create in Gilroy's opinion?

4. What idea does Gilroy say black consciousness forces us to revise?

5. Where does Gilroy say black intellectuals have gone to get in touch with elements of modern subjectivity?

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