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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did the Greeks see architecture according to Boorstin?
(a) As the heart of the people.
(b) As temples for the gods.
(c) As houses for the soul.
(d) As the center of the economy.

2. Of what is Dionysus the god according to Boorstin?
(a) Drama, dance and music.
(b) Warfare and strife.
(c) Craft and technology.
(d) Hunting and weaponry.

3. How does Boorstin characterize Philo of Alexandria's view of philosophy?
(a) He sees it as the true religion.
(b) He sees it as the language of human logic.
(c) He sees it as a temptation to evil.
(d) He sees it as the handmaiden of theology.

4. What part of Philo of Alexandria's philosophy does Boorstin say determined what man could know and what he could not?
(a) Nomos.
(b) Techne.
(c) Pneuma.
(d) Logos.

5. What are hieroglyphs?
(a) No one knows.
(b) An early alphabet.
(c) Symbols of a dead language.
(d) A pictorial language.

6. What does Boorstin say man seeks in making art?
(a) Gain.
(b) Fame.
(c) Immortality.
(d) Rebellion against God.

7. What does the dome of the Pantheon proclaim according to Boorstin?
(a) Man's ability to provide houses for his gods.
(b) Man's ability to fill a void with his own creation.
(c) Man's ability to enclose a sacred precinct.
(d) Man's ability to defy gravity in building.

8. In what does Boorstin say Rabelais' book was an act of faith?
(a) God.
(b) Culture.
(c) Language.
(d) Literary history.

9. Why does Confucius say that it is impossible for men to serve the spirits?
(a) Because they don't know how to serve each other.
(b) Because the ways of serving the spirits have all been forgotten.
(c) Because the spirits do not exist.
(d) Because they cannot trust the sanctity of any texts.

10. Which kind of creation does Boorstin NOT describe in The Creators?
(a) Music.
(b) Visual arts.
(c) Literature.
(d) Technology.

11. How does Boorstin characterize Hindu religion?
(a) Monotheism.
(b) Pantheism.
(c) Atheism.
(d) Kathenotheism.

12. Why does Boorstin say people see artists as godlike?
(a) Because they are mystified by the power to create.
(b) Because they repeat the divine act of bringing things into existence.
(c) Because artists are so often unruly.
(d) Because they live forever in their work.

13. What does Virginia Woolf say, in the second epigraph to Part 7, about writing?
(a) That writing is a weak man's refuge from the tyranny of events.
(b) That a thing has not happened until it has been described.
(c) That writing is just the poor afterimage of a lived reality.
(d) That written accounts are only valuable in settling disputes between people.

14. What does Boorstin say man discovered in Section 24: The Birth of the Spectator?
(a) That crowds have personalities of their own.
(b) That the universe does not have anything to do with him.
(c) That there is safety in crowds.
(d) That he need not be a participant all the time.

15. What was depicted in the first images?
(a) Men.
(b) Animals.
(c) Abstract symbols.
(d) The landscape.

Short Answer Questions

1. What fear did St. Ambrose's creation allay?

2. What does Boorstin say is Buddhism's response to the questions of living?

3. Why are Muslims prohibited from making lasting images of human figures according to Boorstin?

4. Of what is The Odyssey a parable according to Boorstin?

5. How did the ideal human figure shift from Egypt to Greece?

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