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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Boorstin say Christianity got people to see?
(a) Time as cyclical.
(b) Heaven.
(c) The future.
(d) The nature of divinity.

3. Why are Muslims prohibited from making lasting images of human figures according to Boorstin?
(a) Because only God can make eternal images.
(b) Because creativity is a divine right, not to be usurped.
(c) Because of a general proscription of idolatry.
(d) Because it takes attention away from living figures.

4. Whose arguments allowed images of human figures to be created and displayed in Christianity?
(a) St. Augustine.
(b) St. John of Damascus.
(c) Jesus Christ.
(d) Plotinus.

5. What governs the relationship between mankind and Moses' God?
(a) A covenant.
(b) The Old Testament.
(c) Sacrifices.
(d) The fates.

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

7. What tradition did the Christian church follow in its churches?
(a) Roman temples.
(b) Greek temples.
(c) Northern forests.
(d) Jewish synagogues.

8. What was the Romans' principal building material in Boorstin's opinion?
(a) Wood.
(b) Stone.
(c) Concrete.
(d) Marble.

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

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

11. What should be the outcome of art according to the Byron epigraph?
(a) Perfection of human nature.
(b) Replacement of God.
(c) Heroic beauty.
(d) Emulation of God.

12. How does Boorstin characterize the nature of Gothic art?
(a) Obscene.
(b) Morbid.
(c) Playful.
(d) Terrifying.

13. What does Byron say a sculptor should do in the epigraph to Part 4?
(a) Perfect his model.
(b) Exceed his model.
(c) Leave some flaw by which the work could be distinguished from the model.
(d) Capture his model.

14. What did Greeks discover through drama according to Boorstin?
(a) Heroes of myth.
(b) The laws of the state.
(c) Themselves.
(d) The laws of fate.

15. What was unique about the first literary work in Boorstin's account?
(a) It was in dactylic hexameter.
(b) It was in prose.
(c) It was about the ancient past.
(d) It described the origins of the world.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Confucius say comprised wisdom?

2. What is the source of the epigraph that opens The Creators?

3. In what does Boorstin say Rabelais' book was an act of faith?

4. What does Boorstin say was absent from the Decameron?

5. What did St. Augustine give men in City of God?

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