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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 are hieroglyphs?

2. What else did Thespis invent?

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

4. On what was Roman architecture based according to Boorstin?

5. What does Boorstin say Christianity helped man discover?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What improvement did the Greeks make in architecture?

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

4. How does Boorstin describe the birth of hymns?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What contribution did the Egyptians make to writing and self-expression?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 2

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 3

Make an annotated timeline and map to show Boorstin's progress through the history of imagination in World culture. Describe how you arrived at the graphic representation at which you arrived. Account, too, for Boorstin's departures from straight chronology.

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