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 consciousness is Black Atlantic focused on?

2. What kind of conception of blackness does Gilroy say he prefers?

3. How does Gilroy characterize the consciousness of the slave?

4. When was Martin Robison Delany born?

5. What does music do to the genteel image many moderns have of themselves according to Gilroy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Gilroy say British audiences expected from Jimi Hendrix?

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

6. What role did music play in slaves' lives according to Gilroy?

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

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

9. What view does Gilroy say we should take of black experiences?

10. How does Gilroy propose the concept of the black Atlantic should be used?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

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

At the end of The Black Atlantic Paul Gilroy describes the challenges facing Western culture in the future. How is race related to these challenges, and do you think that this broadening of scope is a fitting gesture to close on? Does it cement Gilroy's narrative, or does it step aside from it?

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