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. What theory culminated in the Holocaust?

3. What does Gilroy say Afrocentrism is really?

4. What phenomenon will help us understand race theory in Gilroy's account?

5. Which factor did NOT divide black subjectivity according to Gilroy's account of Richard Wright's thought?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What distinction does Gilroy say Richard Wright holds?

3. What was DuBois' relation with blackness?

4. What does Gilroy have to say about violence in American culture?

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

6. What does Gilroy say DuBois reminded blacks?

7. What did DuBois conclude from his observations of black culture?

8. Why, in Gilroy's opinion, is tradition useful in modern black culture?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of the author based on the style and content of his writing. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 2

How do you think Gilroy would say that black experience in the black Atlantic differs from the Irish or the Catholics in America who are trying to keep a particular ethnic identity alive in a homogenizing culture that turns everyone into Americans insofar as they relinquish their ethnicity?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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