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. How does Gilroy say blacks are different from Jews?
(a) Blacks do not believe they all come from a common ancestor.
(b) Blacks were never systematically exterminated.
(c) Blacks do not believe that they have a covenant with their god.
(d) Blacks do not have a homeland to return to.

2. What did Richard Wright criticize, according to Gilroy?
(a) Communism.
(b) Capitalism.
(c) Corporate industrialism.
(d) Modernity.

3. What does Gilroy say the Afrocentrism movement relies on?
(a) An ongoing civilization in Africa.
(b) The development of jazz and the blues in America.
(c) A uniquely black culture in England and the U.S.
(d) A linear period of time interrupted by slavery.

4. 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.

5. Where does Gilroy say Richard Wright's profundity came from?
(a) His family.
(b) His access to African-American vernacular.
(c) His region.
(d) His personal experience.

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

7. What did the struggle for black autonomy involve, for DuBois?
(a) Blacks helping blacks.
(b) Entrepreneurship.
(c) Social construction.
(d) Returning to black roots.

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

9. What does Gilroy say Richard Wright was ambivalent to?
(a) A closed racial community.
(b) Assimilation.
(c) Harmonious coexistence with dominant culture.
(d) Reconciliation with white culture.

10. What were Richard Wright's politics?
(a) Anti-imperialist.
(b) Socialist.
(c) Communist.
(d) Militarist.

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

12. What does Gilroy say slavery tried to do to tradition?
(a) Erase it.
(b) Compete with it.
(c) Rewrite it.
(d) Co-opt it.

13. What does Gilroy associate racial traditions with?
(a) Pre-modernity.
(b) International modernism.
(c) Syncretic modernity.
(d) Postmodernity.

14. How does Gilroy say that Richard Wright saw capitalism?
(a) As a destructive war.
(b) As a great liberator.
(c) As a form of liberation theology.
(d) As a messianic religion.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Richard Wright say was the core of modernization?

2. What phenomenon will help us understand race theory in Gilroy's account?

3. What does Gilroy say slavery was sanctified by?

4. What does music represent, according to Gilroy?

5. What did Richard Wright want to deprive white people of?

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