The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness Test | Final 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. What does Gilroy say was a formative influence on black culture in Richard Wright's works?
(a) Common privation.
(b) Capitalism.
(c) Self-reliance.
(d) Individualism.

2. What phenomenon will help us understand race theory in Gilroy's account?
(a) Mutation.
(b) Revolution.
(c) Cycles of history.
(d) Evolution.

3. How does Gilroy describe slavery?
(a) Multi-faceted.
(b) Equivocal.
(c) Brutal.
(d) Complex.

4. What is the effect of turning toward tradition in Gilroy's account?
(a) Slavery becomes more remote.
(b) Slavery gets repossessed.
(c) Slavery becomes a cultural asset.
(d) Slavery comes into focus as a foundational catastrophe.

5. Where did Richard Wright develop his ideas about race?
(a) In his world travels.
(b) In the American south.
(c) London.
(d) Chicago.

6. How does Gilroy characterize the mood of the black Atlantic?
(a) Condescending.
(b) Dry.
(c) Restless.
(d) Passionate.

7. What does Gilroy say tradition helps to do with regard to slavery?
(a) Cauterize its pain.
(b) Avoid its memory.
(c) Transform its legacy.
(d) Revise its effects.

8. Which adjective does DuBois NOT use for the black experience?
(a) Alienated.
(b) Cosmopolitan.
(c) Individualized.
(d) Communal.

9. What did DuBois say was a central feature of slave culture?
(a) Terror.
(b) Profit.
(c) Communalism.
(d) Productivity.

10. What does Gilroy say gave Richard Wright his authenticity?
(a) His birth in Chicago.
(b) His political activities.
(c) His travels to Africa.
(d) His origins in Mississippi.

11. What primary experience shaped violence in the black community according to Gilroy?
(a) Factory production.
(b) Modern marriage.
(c) Capitalist exploitation.
(d) Slavery.

12. What term did James Weldon Johnson use for blacks in The Autobiography of An Ex-Coloured Man?
(a) 'Dual personality'.
(b) 'Schizophrenic'.
(c) 'King of the kingdom of culture'.
(d) 'Urban-cosmopolitan'.

13. What did Richard Wright say was the core of modernization?
(a) Slavery.
(b) Technological exploitation of resources.
(c) Racial subordination.
(d) Cheap energy.

14. What does Gilroy say DuBois often reminded blacks?
(a) That slavery was a finite stage in the development of the world consciousness.
(b) That slavery was the worst thing people could suffer.
(c) That slavery was worse than cultural collapse.
(d) That slavery was not the worst form of domination.

15. What does Gilroy say we should discuss?
(a) Common themes between the Holocaust and slavery.
(b) The opportunities for understanding brought about by modern communication techniques.
(c) The dangers of industrial technology.
(d) The differences between the Holocaust and slavery.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Gilroy say DuBois was analyzing in The Souls of Black Folk?

2. What is the aim of Chapter 6?

3. When did DuBois experience himself as a Negro for the first time?

4. What is the role of tradition in black culture according to Gilroy?

5. What does Gilroy say slavery tried to do to tradition?

(see the answer keys)

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