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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 happened to Milton before he wrote Paradise Lost?
(a) He lost his wife.
(b) He lost his children.
(c) He went blind.
(d) He nearly died.
2. How does Boorstin characterize the autobiography as a form?
(a) A rebellion against the act of being misread.
(b) A shifting subject viewed from a shifting perspective.
(c) A scientific glimpse into the workings of the self.
(d) An objective account of a person's feelings and language.
3. How does Boorstin say Proust created life?
(a) In ritual.
(b) In time.
(c) In space.
(d) In action.
4. Who does Boorstin say Bach's audience was?
(a) The aristocratic court.
(b) The church.
(c) The military.
(d) The church and the public.
5. How was Gibbon perceived in Boorstin's account?
(a) As a pornographic philosopher.
(b) As the ultimate humanist historian.
(c) As a prophet of communism.
(d) As a leading adventure novelist.
Short Answer Questions
1. To what condition does art aspire according to Pater's epigraph for Part 9?
2. When did Bruneleschi make the Foundling Hospital in Florence?
3. Why did Dickens leave the public sphere?
4. How does Boorstin characterize Wordsworth's best work?
5. In what does Zola say man DID NOT stop believing in the epigraph to Book 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Boorstin say is Ben Franklin's contribution to the art of imaginative life?
2. What was Gibbon's innovation?
3. How does Boorstin describe the evolution of the orchestra over time?
4. What does Boorstin say is Rousseau's contribution to the art of autobiography?
5. Where does Boorstin put Kafka in his portrait of imaginative thinkers?
6. How did Beethoven change the nature of music according to Boorstin?
7. How did dance change during the transition into modernity?
8. Why does Boorstin say Goethe's Faust is an important work?
9. What is the place of the essay in the history Boorstin is describing?
10. In what way did T. S. Eliot change the course of literature's evolution?
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