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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What part of Philo of Alexandria's philosophy does Boorstin say determined what man could know and what he could not?

2. How does Boorstin characterize Suger's creation at the St. Denis cathedral?

3. What does Boorstin say Afghanistani made possible according to Hindus?

4. How did the ideal human figure shift from Egypt to Greece?

5. What was Boccaccio's inspiration for the Decameron?

Short Essay Questions

1. What contribution did the Egyptians make in building the pyramids?

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

3. How does Boorstin describe the Hindu contribution to imaginative culture?

4. How does Boorstin characterize Chaucer's Canterbury Tales?

5. What explanation does Boorstin offer for the cave paintings of Altamira, Lascaux and Les Trois Freres?

6. How does Boorstin describe the birth of hymns?

7. What innovation do the Homeric epics represent in the culture of the imagination?

8. What contribution does Boorstin say Boethius made to imaginative culture?

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

10. How do Greek depictions compare with Egyptian symbols?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which of the many epigraphs Boorstin uses in the headings for each Part is most applicable to the book as a whole? Using your analysis of the text, make a case for one epigraph in particular as an emblem of the whole project.

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate your own reading of The Creators--did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 3

Why do women play so small a part in The Creators? Analyze the text to describe Boorstin's ideas about women and women's contribution to Western culture and the development of the imagination. Are they principally muses instead of creators? Are they principally biological creators instead of artistic creators? How does Boorstin describe women's roles in culture?

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