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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the purpose of Don Quixote in Boorstin's account?
(a) To perfect the genre of chivalric romance.
(b) To return chivalric romances to their roots.
(c) To kill off chivalric romances.
(d) To define the character of the Spanish people.

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

3. What does Boorstin say Christianity helped man discover?
(a) The New World.
(b) Man's power to create.
(c) Man's power to control nature.
(d) Democracy.

4. Why is Dante described as the founder of modern literature in Boorstin's opinion?
(a) Because the Divine Comedy externalized a dialogue that would normally have remained internal.
(b) Because the Divine Comedy was the first printed book after the Bible.
(c) Because the Divine Comedy represents a new cosmogony.
(d) Because the Divine Comedy is autobiographical.

5. What experience does Boorstin say Dante described in the Divine Comedy?
(a) Doubt and rediscovery of faith.
(b) Exile from life to death.
(c) Birth into religion.
(d) The rites of passage.

6. What does Boorstin say Paleolithic man discovered in making images?
(a) Himself.
(b) Power.
(c) Religion.
(d) Truth.

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

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

9. With what does Boorstin say men had to struggle in order to believe in the power of human creativity?
(a) The awe of Hebraic religion.
(b) Greek grammar.
(c) The logic of Greek mathematicians.
(d) The charm of Greek philosophy.

10. What is a dithyramb?
(a) A song sung in honor of the god.
(b) A monument that commemorates a sacrifice.
(c) A dance done to honor ancestors.
(d) A poem that commemorates a battle.

11. What does Boorstin say upturned stones signify?
(a) Man's determination to find food sources.
(b) Man's determination to find origins.
(c) Man's desire to live forever.
(d) Man's attempt to measure and regulate his environment.

12. What did Confucius say comprised wisdom?
(a) Knowing what you do not know.
(b) Knowing how to expand your power.
(c) Knowing how to survive.
(d) Knowing how to confront difficult questions without flinching.

13. What else did Thespis invent?
(a) The monologue.
(b) The dithyramb.
(c) The cult of Apollo.
(d) The dramatic mask.

14. What does Auden say about books in the second epigraph to Part 5?
(a) That the future is full of meaningless books.
(b) That none are undeservedly remembered.
(c) That most deserve to be forgotten.
(d) That undeserving books are often remembered.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was Boccaccio's inspiration for the Decameron?

3. How does Boorstin characterize Suger's creation at the St. Denis cathedral?

4. When did men begin to make images of themselves?

5. What does Thoreau say, in the epigraph to Part 7, it takes to speak the truth?

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