The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness Test | Final Test - Medium

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. Which factor did NOT divide black subjectivity according to Gilroy's account of Richard Wright's thought?
(a) Family ties.
(b) The demands of his national and racial identifies.
(c) Cultural affiliation.
(d) Citizenship.

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

3. Where was W. E. B. DuBois born?
(a) Africa.
(b) The south.
(c) The north.
(d) England.

4. What is the role of tradition in black culture according to Gilroy?
(a) It hides the differences between black experiences.
(b) It repairs the connection with Africa.
(c) It forms the basis for pan-Africanism.
(d) It asserts the kinship of cultural forms.

5. What phrase did Richard Wright use for the Negro?
(a) America's metaphor.
(b) The burden of guilt.
(c) The heart of modernity.
(d) The race that dare not speak its name.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Jews and blacks fear from a discussion of the Holocaust and slavery?

2. What conflict was taking up too much space in the discussion of race in American literature according to Richard Wright?

3. What does Gilroy say is the only way to deal with the history of slavery?

4. What does Gilroy say about racial traditions?

5. What did DuBois believe in that Richard Wright did not believe in according to Gilroy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Jews and blacks both resist the comparison of slavery and the Holocaust, as Gilroy describes it?

2. What is the relationship between black and Jewish cultures, as Gilroy defines it?

3. How does Gilroy characterize the ontological state of slavery?

4. How does Gilroy say DuBois described black music?

5. How does Gilroy say the discussion he has had in 'Black Atlantic' is likely to help in the twenty-first century, when Western culture faces challenges over resources and sustainability?

6. What was DuBois' relation with blackness?

7. What tension did politics create in black culture?

8. What distinction does Gilroy say Richard Wright holds?

9. What does Gilroy say politics did for black culture?

10. What were Richard Wright's politics?

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