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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. Whose narrative does Gilroy say rests upon the narrative of the black Atlantic?
(a) The white European's.
(b) The factory owners'.
(c) The modern workers'.
(d) The liberated woman's.

2. How does Gilroy describe slavery's relation to western civilization?
(a) A shameful secret.
(b) An untold story.
(c) A footnote.
(d) A key part.

3. What is the common memory for British blacks in Gilroy's opinion?
(a) Africa.
(b) Immigration.
(c) Poverty.
(d) Slavery.

4. What cultural work does Gilroy say music has performed?
(a) Keeping the terror of slavery alive.
(b) Numbing people to modern atrocities.
(c) Articulating political unrest.
(d) Assuaging political unrest.

5. How does Gilroy say racial roots should be understood?
(a) As a source of power.
(b) As a hidden history.
(c) As a process of movement and mediation.
(d) As ancient essences.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Gilroy say black diaspora styles of music typically emphasize?

3. What literary form does Gilroy say gave blacks access to self-creation?

4. What was Martin Robison Delany vocally critical of, as Gilroy tells it?

5. Whose point of view does Gilroy want to include in history?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two perspectives around which black artistic debate is centered, according to Gilroy?

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

3. How does Gilroy describe the modern self and how does this affect our narratives of history?

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

5. What can music accomplish as Gilroy describes it?

6. What is the master-slave dialectic?

7. What does Gilroy use as opposition to the essential blackness some critics advocate?

8. Why is it odd, in Gilroy's opinion, that debates over modernity have ignored music?

9. What role should slavery play in the history of Western culture in Gilroy's opinion?

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

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