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

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

3. What does Gilroy say tradition helps to do with regard to slavery?
(a) Cauterize its pain.
(b) Avoid its memory.
(c) Transform its legacy.
(d) Revise its effects.

4. What movement is Richard Wright associated with?
(a) Black power.
(b) Pan-Africanism.
(c) Black pacifism.
(d) Muslim militarism.

5. What does Gilroy say is wrong with contemporary criticism of African-American literature?
(a) Over-polarized vocabulary.
(b) Essentialism.
(c) Relativism.
(d) Uncritical acceptance of all things primitive.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why should blacks openly recognize the debt of their cultural language?

2. What are blacks asked to remember instead of slavery?

3. How does Gilroy say that Richard Wright saw capitalism?

4. What ideology was Richard Wright ambivalent to according to Gilroy?

5. What does Gilroy say we should accept as inescapable?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gilroy say DuBois described black music?

2. What are the three modes of thinking, seeing and being which DuBois says are the basis of double consciousness?

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

4. 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?

5. What does Gilroy say is the black relation with time?

6. Why, in Gilroy's opinion, is tradition useful in modern black culture?

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

8. What were Richard Wright's politics?

9. What does Gilroy have to say about violence in American culture?

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

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