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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. To what does Melville say the sea and land are analogous in the epigraph to Part 12?
(a) Civilization.
(b) God.
(c) The self.
(d) The soul.

2. What did Gibbon add to the genre of human comedy according to Boorstin?
(a) The fairy tale of history.
(b) The saga of empire.
(c) The biography of kings.
(d) The historical novel.

3. What did William Henry Fox Talbot discover?
(a) A process for using silver nitrate to make copies.
(b) A process for capturing images on glass.
(c) A process for capturing sharp contrasts between black and white on photographic film.
(d) A process for retouching negatives.

4. What does Boorstin say does the artist's job in photography?
(a) Light.
(b) The image itself.
(c) The developer.
(d) The machine.

5. In what does Zola say man stopped believing in the epigraph to Book 3?
(a) His own immortality.
(b) Himself.
(c) God.
(d) His own mortality.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Benjamin Franklin innovate in the autobiographical form?

2. In what tradition was Cristabel written according to Boorstin?

3. What does Boorstin say Eliot tried to express in "The Waste Land"?

4. For what is Faust a metaphor according to Boorstin?

5. What does Boorstin say Milton wrote after Comus and Lycidas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the place of the essay in the history Boorstin is describing?

2. How does Boorstin describe the evolution of the orchestra over time?

3. How did visual arts change as artists came to appreciate the power of light?

4. When does Boorstin say authors became the subject of their own writing?

5. How does Boorstin characterize Monet's accomplishment?

6. How did Beethoven change the nature of music according to Boorstin?

7. What does Boorstin say is William Wordsworth's contribution to imaginative culture?

8. How does Proust change the way we understand imagination in modern times?

9. What does Boorstin say Pickering and Prescott have in common, and what is their role in the development of the Western imaginative consciousness?

10. What does Boorstin say is Dostoevsky's contribution to imaginative literature?

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