The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness Test | Final 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. What does music allow black culture to do with this feeling?

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

3. How does Gilroy characterize the third mode of double consciousness?

4. Where did Richard Wright develop his ideas about race?

5. How does Gilroy say DuBois arrived at his identity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was DuBois' relation with blackness?

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

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

4. What relation does Gilroy draw between the black Atlantic and the Holocaust?

5. What, in Gilroy's account, was Richard Wright's thinking about racial identity?

6. What origin legitimized Richard Wright in readers' eyes?

7. What did DuBois argue was the only way to deal with the brutality of modern civilized life in the South?

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

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

10. Describe the pan-Africanism movement which Richard Wright was part of.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Gilroy writing about the black experience, or the modern experience? If the modern self is a fragmented self, do all individuals with self-awareness experience the same double-consciousness? How does Gilroy avoid this universalizing argument, which erases blackness as it universalizes aspects of black consciousness.

Essay Topic 2

Where does black cultural legitimacy come from? The academy or the ghetto? Africa or America? Where does Gilroy claim his legitimacy comes from? How does he counter claims that would challenge his legitimacy?

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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