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 Gilroy say DuBois often reminded blacks?

2. How does Gilroy defend Richard Wright against charges of sexism?

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

4. The first mode of double consciousness is particular to whom?

5. When did Richard Wright believe the western consciousness began to break down according to Gilroy?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What is the importance of the theme of love and loss in black popular arts, according to Gilroy?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the role of the concept of tradition in the black Atlantic.

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

10. What was DuBois' relation with blackness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gilroy proposes black music as a model of a cultural form that gives people courage to live with the contradictions and negotiations of racial life. In what way is Gilroy's book itself musical?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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