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 narrative does Gilroy say rests upon the narrative of the black Atlantic?

2. What does Gilroy say about the realities of black experiences on both sides of the Atlantic?

3. What kind of history did Frederick Douglass propose according to Gilroy?

4. What does Gilroy say about the Enlightenment notion of universality?

5. What does Gilroy say master-race intellectuals often do to race?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is double consciousness?

2. What is the Fisk University Jubilee Singers' contribution to Gilroy's book?

3. What can music accomplish as Gilroy describes it?

4. What are the two perspectives around which black artistic debate is centered, according to Gilroy?

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

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

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

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

9. What symbol does Gilroy use to symbolize the black Atlantic?

10. Why is it odd, in Gilroy's opinion, that debates over modernity have ignored music?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What cultural forms embody black culture? Popular culture or literature? Is it embodied by black political action, or by the daily lives of ordinary black workers? Is it embodied in a history? How does Gilroy address this question? What conclusion does he come to?

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate your own reading of The Black Atlantic--did you resist it or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 3

Does Paul Gilroy use contradictions or paradoxes to define the black Atlantic? Citing examples from the text and from the texts he cites, make an argument about whether the cultural forms and trends Gilroy describes are meant to be reconciled, or whether they are meant to persist in pregnant opposition.

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