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. How does Gilroy say DuBois arrived at his identity?
(a) Straight from his roots.
(b) By choice.
(c) Accidentally.
(d) By many routes.

2. What kinds of stories does Gilroy say dominate black popular culture?
(a) Suffering and revenge.
(b) Justice and its consequences.
(c) Freedom and its costs.
(d) Love and loss.

3. How does Gilroy say that Richard Wright saw capitalism?
(a) As a great liberator.
(b) As a messianic religion.
(c) As a destructive war.
(d) As a form of liberation theology.

4. What heresy did Richard Wright commit, in Gilroy's account?
(a) Saying that blacks really were inferior to whites, in certain cases.
(b) Saying that blacks shared responsibility for their situation.
(c) Saying that history would repeat itself with slavery.
(d) Saying that black liberation was impossible, because the self is an endless war against itself.

5. What does Gilroy say the Afrocentrism movement relies on?
(a) A uniquely black culture in England and the U.S.
(b) An ongoing civilization in Africa.
(c) A linear period of time interrupted by slavery.
(d) The development of jazz and the blues in America.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Gilroy say Richard Wright's profundity came from?

2. What is the role of tradition in black culture according to Gilroy?

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

4. How does Gilroy defend Richard Wright against charges of sexism?

5. What are the two parts of the double consciousness Gilroy describes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What view of the black Atlantic does Paul Gilroy leave us with at the end of the book?

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

3. How does Gilroy say DuBois described black music?

4. What was James Weldon Johnson's contribution to Gilroy's book?

5. What was Richard Wright's feeling about white culture?

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

7. What is the importance of the theme of love and loss in black popular arts, according to Gilroy?

8. What were Richard Wright's politics?

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

10. What was DuBois' relation with blackness?

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