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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. How does Boorstin characterize "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?
(a) The first modernist poem.
(b) The last Medieval chanson.
(c) The first post-modern poem.
(d) The first confessional poem.
2. Whom does Boorstin say was the first biographer?
(a) James Boswell.
(c) Dr. Samuel Johnson.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.
3. What did Cristofori invent?
(a) The piano.
(b) The violin.
(c) The first recording device.
(d) The modern form of musical notation.
4. What did Kafka believe about the inner and outer selves according to Boorstin?
(a) They were mutually exclusive.
(b) They ran in separate ways.
(c) They were capable of mystical harmonies.
(d) They were bent on destroying each other.
5. What did the Slavonic Dostoevskian character represent for the Western imagination according to Boorstin?
(a) Experiences at the heart of Western consciousness.
(b) The duality present in Western consciousness.
(c) The primitive memories out of which Western consciousness arose.
(d) Experiences beyond the Western consciousness.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Boorstin say Proust created life?
2. How many paintings does Boorstin say da Vinci left?
3. What does Boorstin say Leonardo da Vinci protected?
4. What does Boorstin say man is finally learning to celebrate in Book 3?
5. With what does Boorstin say Alfred Stieglitz experimented?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does Boorstin put Kafka in his portrait of imaginative thinkers?
2. How did dance change during the transition into modernity?
3. How does Boorstin characterize Johann Sebastian Bach's contribution to human imaginative work?
4. What was Gibbon's innovation?
5. How does Boorstin characterize Milton's contribution to imaginative culture?
6. What is Coleridge's importance in imaginative literature according to Boorstin?
7. How does Boorstin characterize Dickens' contribution to imaginative culture?
8. How does Proust change the way we understand imagination in modern times?
9. Where does Melville's Moby Dick fit in Boorstin's narrative?
10. In what way did T. S. Eliot change the course of literature's evolution?
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