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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. What does Boorstin say was absent from the Decameron?
(a) Morals.
(b) Beauty.
(c) Compassion.
(d) Religion.

5. What fear did St. Ambrose's creation allay?
(a) Of drabness in church literature.
(b) Of buildings that rendered prayer impossible.
(c) Of unseemly literature entering the church canon.
(d) Of unsuitable music entering the church.

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

7. For what does Boorstin say the Pyramids were built in Egypt?
(a) Challenging the gods.
(b) Measuring the progress of the heavens.
(c) Housing the dead pharaohs.
(d) Proclaiming the Egyptians' power as a people.

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

9. How does Boorstin say Muslims see creativity?
(a) As dangerous.
(b) As an echo of God's creation.
(c) As usurping Allah's prerogative.
(d) As innate to human beings.

10. 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 spirits do not exist.
(c) Because they cannot trust the sanctity of any texts.
(d) Because the ways of serving the spirits have all been forgotten.

11. Into what did Boethius want to inject Greek wisdom?
(a) Politics.
(b) Architecture.
(c) Warfare.
(d) Technology.

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

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

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

15. What does Boorstin say Afghanistani made possible according to Hindus?
(a) Reincarnation.
(b) Transformation.
(c) Sight.
(d) Strife.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a dithyramb?

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

3. What did Greeks discover through drama according to Boorstin?

4. How did the Greeks see architecture according to Boorstin?

5. What does the dome of the Pantheon proclaim according to Boorstin?

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