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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What criticism does Gilroy make of modern racial and ethnic concepts?
(a) They are too homogenous.
(b) They are already outdated.
(c) They are not coherent.
(d) They are contain stereotypes.

2. What does music do to the genteel image many moderns have of themselves according to Gilroy?
(a) It breaks it.
(b) It confirms it.
(c) It defines it.
(d) It balances it.

3. What cultural work does Gilroy say music has performed?
(a) Numbing people to modern atrocities.
(b) Assuaging political unrest.
(c) Articulating political unrest.
(d) Keeping the terror of slavery alive.

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

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

6. What is the common memory for British blacks in Gilroy's opinion?
(a) Africa.
(b) Poverty.
(c) Slavery.
(d) Immigration.

7. What has been superseded by economic, social and cultural forces, according to Gilroy?
(a) Socialism.
(b) The nation-state.
(c) Race.
(d) Capitalism.

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

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

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

11. What image did English fans have of what a black performer should be like?
(a) Intellectual, hip, wise.
(b) Savage, illiterate, brutal.
(c) Cool, aloof, suave.
(d) Wild, sexual, unrestrained.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When were the Fisk University Jubilee Singers performing?

2. What does Gilroy say about the Enlightenment notion of universality?

3. What does Gilroy say people become after witnessing black music?

4. What does Gilroy say is the core of Afro-Atlantic culture?

5. What kind of political community does Gilroy say results from black musical society?

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