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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 does Boorstin say is the paradoxical nature of Moses' God?
2. What does the dome of the Pantheon proclaim according to Boorstin?
3. Of what is The Odyssey a parable according to Boorstin?
4. What was the special element of Gothic architecture in Boorstin's opinion?
5. Why are Muslims prohibited from making lasting images of human figures according to Boorstin?
Short Essay Questions
1. What contribution does Boorstin say Boethius made to imaginative culture?
2. What explanation does Boorstin offer for the cave paintings of Altamira, Lascaux and Les Trois Freres?
3. What is a dithyramb and what is its place in imaginative culture?
4. How do Muslims differ from Greeks and Christians in their approach to making images?
5. What innovation do the Homeric epics represent in the culture of the imagination?
6. How does Boorstin describe the difference between tragedy and comedy?
7. How does Boorstin characterize the Gothic style of art?
8. What did Moses add to the culture of imagination?
9. How does Boorstin say the Japanese differ from Westerners in their architectural approach?
10. What contribution did the Egyptians make to writing and self-expression?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Evaluate the proposition that Boorstin's portrait of culture is outdated. Describe how it is no longer appropriate to our times, and, if possible, what has replaced it.
Essay Topic 3
Boorstin ends the book with the optimistic description of film and tv as media that will reunite communities by holding people in thrall to the same moving images. Evaluate the value of this conclusion, based on your experiences, and also based on the criteria Boorstin used for evaluating the works he analyzes in the book.
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