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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. What reason does Gilroy use for justifying this characterization of the notion of racial purity?
(a) It obscures realities.
(b) It lumps dissimilar people together.
(c) It fuels a false sense of cultural identity.
(d) It gives individuals too much freedom.

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

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

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

5. What is the counterpart to the hermeneutics of memory according to Gilroy?
(a) A hermeneutics of salvation.
(b) A hermeneutics of suspicion.
(c) A hermeneutics of self-reliance.
(d) A hermeneutics of liberty.

6. Who were the Fisk University Jubilee Singers' predecessors?
(a) African drummers.
(b) Appalachian spiritualists.
(c) Southern blues singers.
(d) Abolition singers.

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

8. How does Gilroy characterize defenders of modernity's attitude toward the African diaspora?
(a) Casually interested.
(b) Uninterested.
(c) Excessively interested.
(d) Primarily interested.

9. What does Gilroy say people become after witnessing black music?
(a) Apologists.
(b) Relativists.
(c) Essentialists.
(d) Anti-essentialists.

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

11. How does Gilroy characterize the residual feelings from slavery?
(a) A source of modern ritual.
(b) Mysterious.
(c) Sublime and unfathomable.
(d) Unspeakable but not inexpressible.

12. What kind of political community does Gilroy say results from black musical society?
(a) Democratic.
(b) Socialist.
(c) Traditional.
(d) Communist.

13. When were the Fisk University Jubilee Singers performing?
(a) 1920s.
(b) 1890s.
(c) 1870s.
(d) 1950s.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Gilroy characterize the exceptionalist camp in black artistic circles?

2. How does Gilroy say the Black Atlantic should be understood?

3. When was Martin Robison Delany born?

4. What kind of conception of blackness does Gilroy say he prefers?

5. How does Gilroy characterize modern subjectivity?

(see the answer keys)

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