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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What becomes harder to understand in a culture that believes in one god in Boorstin's account?
(a) The existence of evil.
(b) Death.
(c) The nature of physical matter.
(d) The origins of the universe.

2. Who was Boethius?
(a) A Syrian poet.
(b) A Gothic architect.
(c) A counselor to King Theodoric.
(d) A philosopher of Rome.

3. What did the dithyramb and its derivatives do in Greek history?
(a) Define Greek metaphysics.
(b) Glorify Greece.
(c) Explore the territories around Greece.
(d) Provide a foundation for mathematical logic.

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

5. When does Boorstin say Stonehenge was created?
(a) 5,000 B.C.
(b) 2,000 B.C.
(c) 500 A.D.
(d) 10,000 B.C.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Boorstin say people see artists as godlike?

3. What does Horace say about the escaped word in the epigraph for Part 5?

4. What does Boorstin say Paleolithic man discovered in making images?

5. How does Boorstin characterize the Decameron?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a dithyramb and what is its place in imaginative culture?

2. What innovation did Dante introduce to Western culture?

3. What was St. Augustine's contribution to imaginative culture according to Boorstin?

4. What does Boorstin say is the Koran's position on imaginative culture?

5. How does Boorstin describe the birth of hymns?

6. How does Boorstin describe the birth of prose?

7. What does Boorstin mean when he says that theology was born in Greek philosophy?

8. What is the purpose of life in Buddhist teachings?

9. What was Boccaccio's contribution to Western culture?

10. How does Boorstin characterize Cervantes' contribution to imaginative literature?

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