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Paul Gilroy
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the black person's perpetual searching indicate to Gilroy?
(a) Exile.
(b) Curiosity.
(c) Slave mentality.
(d) Insecurity.

2. How does Gilroy characterize modern subjectivity?
(a) Decentralized.
(b) Ancient.
(c) Unique.
(d) Neurotic.

3. How does Gilroy characterize the pluralistic camp in black artistic circles?
(a) Intellectual.
(b) Skeptical.
(c) Divisive.
(d) Unifying.

4. What criticism does Gilroy make of modern racial and ethnic concepts?
(a) They are too homogenous.
(b) They are already outdated.
(c) They are not coherent.
(d) They are contain stereotypes.

5. What is the counterpart to the hermeneutics of memory according to Gilroy?
(a) A hermeneutics of liberty.
(b) A hermeneutics of self-reliance.
(c) A hermeneutics of salvation.
(d) A hermeneutics of suspicion.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is this idea insufficient to modern reality, according to Gilroy?

2. What does Gilroy say people become after witnessing black music?

3. How does Gilroy say we should look at the history of race in the West?

4. What kind of social relations does music create according to Gilroy?

5. How does Gilroy say slaves used music?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the language of sexuality distract people from their racial identity in Gilroy's account?

2. What does Gilroy say British audiences expected from Jimi Hendrix?

3. How does the uniqueness of the black Atlantic experience affect views of race according to Gilroy?

4. What value does Gilroy say the language of ethnic opposition has for those who use it?

5. What role did music play in slaves' lives according to Gilroy?

6. What does Gilroy say most theorists of modernity focus on?

7. What group does Gilroy say his book focuses on?

8. What is nationalism's role in the conceptualization of race, according to Gilroy?

9. What critique does Gilroy make of the concepts that governed race and ethnicity when he wrote The Black Atlantic?

10. What has music done for black culture in Gilroy's account?

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