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. When did Richard Wright believe the western consciousness began to break down according to Gilroy?
(a) With the beginning of the Renaissance.
(b) When religious understanding of the world collapsed.
(c) With the beginning of slavery.
(d) With the development of technology.

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

3. What does Gilroy say slavery was sanctified by?
(a) Cultural superiority.
(b) God and reason.
(c) History.
(d) Force.

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

5. What kinds of frameworks was DuBois trying to look beyond?
(a) Monotheist.
(b) Relativist.
(c) Pluralist.
(d) Essentialist.

6. The second mode of double consciousness portrays blacks as what?
(a) Wandering for a time.
(b) A prophecy of a homeland.
(c) A home unto himself.
(d) Homeless.

7. How did DuBois' birthplace affect his identity?
(a) He felt inauthentically black because he was not born in the south.
(b) He felt like a spokesman for his race because he was born among them in the south.
(c) He felt aloof from American race politics because he was born in England.
(d) He felt genuinely black because he was born in Africa.

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

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

10. What are the two parts of the double consciousness Gilroy describes?
(a) Politics of fulfillment and politics of transformation.
(b) Primitive culture and modern culture.
(c) Self-aware intellect and blind impulses and urges.
(d) Politics of subordination and politics of emancipation.

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

12. What is the aim of Chapter 6?
(a) To describe the ways tradition has been harmful to the black experience.
(b) To demonstrate the ambivalence toward 'tradition' in black communities.
(c) To narrate the he says that of tradition as a concept in the black experience.
(d) To cast tradition as something other than modernity's opposite.

13. How did Richard Wright want to present blacks in his books?
(a) As collaborators in their own oppression.
(b) As something other than victims.
(c) As victims of white power.
(d) As agents in the oppression of others.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What horrified Richard Wright in Gilroy's account?

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

3. What are yearning and mourning associated with in black culture according to Gilroy?

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

5. How was Richard Wright received, according to Gilroy?

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