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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. How does Gilroy describe Afro-Atlantic culture's place in Western culture?
(a) Tenuous.
(b) Temporary.
(c) Secure.
(d) Unsteady.

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

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

4. How does Gilroy characterize the exceptionalist camp in black artistic circles?
(a) Proletariat.
(b) Quotidian.
(c) Elite.
(d) Demotic.

5. How does Gilroy characterize the pluralistic camp in black artistic circles?
(a) Unifying.
(b) Divisive.
(c) Skeptical.
(d) Intellectual.

6. How does Gilroy say the Black Atlantic should be understood?
(a) As a period in race relations.
(b) As a collision of cultures.
(c) As a form of economic exchange.
(d) As a unit of cultural analysis.

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

8. What does Gilroy say modern racial concepts do too much of?
(a) Obscure racial realities.
(b) Take power from blacks and immigrants.
(c) Advance poor and ignorant people.
(d) Redistribute wealth.

9. What idea does Gilroy say black consciousness forces us to revise?
(a) The idea of inalienable rights.
(b) The idea of equality between workers, men and women, and the races.
(c) The idea that capitalism brings progress wherever it goes.
(d) The idea of the cultural center and the periphery.

10. What does Gilroy say about the realities of black experiences on both sides of the Atlantic?
(a) They are unified around the experience of slavery.
(b) They are not well theorized.
(c) They are centered on the experience of the exploitations of capitalism.
(d) They do not fit into neat categories.

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

12. What kind of history did Frederick Douglass propose according to Gilroy?
(a) A history of race relations.
(b) A history of pre-slavery Africa.
(c) A history of pre-contact North America.
(d) A history of blacks in the new world.

13. What relation does Gilroy describe as fundamental to the black experience?
(a) The master-slave relation.
(b) The leader-follower relation.
(c) The relation of blood enemies.
(d) The bourgeois-proletarian relation.

14. What is the notion of the black Atlantic opposed to as Gilroy defines it?
(a) Cultural historicism.
(b) Equal pay.
(c) Racial relativism.
(d) Oppositional ethnic ideologies.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Gilroy characterize postmodernity?

2. How does Gilroy characterize modern subjectivity?

3. What does this image symbolize for Gilroy?

4. What has been superseded by economic, social and cultural forces, according to Gilroy?

5. When did the majority of the British black population emigrate according to Gilroy?

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