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 Richard Wright was criticized for?
(a) Failing to write about specifically American concerns.
(b) Writing men and women who are victims of the capitalist system.
(c) Hatred of women.
(d) Writing misogynistic male characters.

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

3. When did DuBois experience himself as a Negro for the first time?
(a) When he bought another man's freedom.
(b) When he asked to vote.
(c) Listening to the Fisk University Jubilee Singers.
(d) In early childhood.

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Gilroy say Afrocentrism is really?
(a) Ethnicity protecting its flanks.
(b) Proletarianism.
(c) Internationalism.
(d) Americocentrism.

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

11. What feeling did DuBois see in the culture of diaspora blacks?
(a) Longing for the apocalypse.
(b) Anger for being taken into exile.
(c) Resentment of progress.
(d) Ambivalence about modernity.

12. What does music represent, according to Gilroy?
(a) The ongoing struggle against modernity.
(b) The conflict between literacy and experience.
(c) Pre-discursive elements in black experience.
(d) The essence of black culture.

13. What does Gilroy say is the only way to deal with the history of slavery?
(a) To look it in the face.
(b) To try to hide the past away.
(c) To dig into the past to find a personal origin in it.
(d) To live with what is in the present.

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

15. What does tradition signify in black culture according to Gilroy?
(a) A dynamic development of black culture.
(b) A history of reclaiming the self from slavery.
(c) A world of opportunities in industrialism capitalism.
(d) A chance to invent tradition going forward.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Richard Wright want to present blacks in his books?

2. What idea does Gilroy see at work in DuBois' novel Dark Princess?

3. What did DuBois say was a central feature of slave culture?

4. Which factor did NOT divide black subjectivity according to Gilroy's account of Richard Wright's thought?

5. What is the first period of black history, according to DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk?

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