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 feeling does Gilroy say forms the foundation of the black Atlantic?
(a) Rebelliousness.
(b) Terror.
(c) Longing.
(d) Homelessness.

2. What horrified Richard Wright in Gilroy's account?
(a) The history of blacks in America.
(b) Europeans taking his books as true indications of life in America.
(c) Whites identifying with his black characters.
(d) Blacks criticizing his characters.

3. What are blacks asked to remember instead of slavery?
(a) The benefits of Western progress.
(b) Their ongoing cultural pride.
(c) Black civilization.
(d) Their salvation from tribal existence.

4. What movement is Richard Wright associated with?
(a) Muslim militarism.
(b) Pan-Africanism.
(c) Black power.
(d) Black pacifism.

5. What does Gilroy say is wrong with contemporary criticism of African-American literature?
(a) Essentialism.
(b) Uncritical acceptance of all things primitive.
(c) Over-polarized vocabulary.
(d) Relativism.

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

7. What did blacks symbolize for Richard Wright?
(a) Childhood and early consciousness.
(b) America's history of racial slavery.
(c) Exploitation of labor for profit.
(d) The earth and its resources.

8. What does Gilroy say is the result of racial identity?
(a) Fragmentation of the global consciousness.
(b) Internalization of an oppressed mindset.
(c) Transcendent consciousness.
(d) Limitation to historical self-awareness.

9. What idea does Gilroy see at work in DuBois' novel Dark Princess?
(a) Racial heterogeneity.
(b) Miscegenation.
(c) Inbreeding.
(d) Exogamy.

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

11. How was Richard Wright received, according to Gilroy?
(a) As a representative of his race.
(b) As an exception to his race.
(c) As an artist.
(d) As a scion of a new race.

12. What does the Holocaust help us understood according to Gilroy?
(a) The black experience.
(b) Genocidal terror.
(c) Tolerance of cultural differences.
(d) Emotional indifference to suffering.

13. Where does black culture draw its vocabulary of exile according to Gilroy?
(a) Thucydides.
(b) Homer.
(c) The Bible.
(d) Camus.

14. What is the last period of black history, according to DuBois, in The Souls of Black Folk?
(a) Black self-reliance.
(b) Returning to Africa.
(c) Black music.
(d) Political autonomy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gilroy say modernism relies on?

2. What does Gilroy predict will be the fault line issues for the twenty-first century?

3. Why would blacks be urged to forget slavery?

4. What does Gilroy say was a formative influence on black culture in Richard Wright's works?

5. What does Gilroy say gave Richard Wright his authenticity?

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