The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Paul Gilroy
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Gilroy characterize the relation that binds the master race to the slave race?

3. What does the concept of the Black Atlantic do to old notions of race, according to Gilroy?

4. What does Gilroy say is the core of Afro-Atlantic culture?

5. What did black music help to form in Britain as Gilroy describes it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the problem with a black identity rooted in skin color for Gilroy?

5. How does Gilroy describe the black experience in England?

6. What does the search for black roots indicate to Gilroy?

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

8. What criticism does Gilroy make of Enlightenment universalist claims?

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

10. Where does Gilroy say we should look in order to see the reality of black experience?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gilroy describes Richard Wright's life as part of a global movement of black culture. Is the personal always political for blacks in the black Atlantic? What space does Gilroy set aside for a self separate from politics and race? How would such a space be defined, or protected?

Essay Topic 2

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate the proposition that race has been superseded by the more modern experience, shared across races, of power and powerlessness in terms of capital and labor. Which is to say that powerless poor people have more in common than people of the same race but different classes.

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