The Creators Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Afghanistani made possible according to Hindus?

2. Why does Confucius say that it is impossible for men to serve the spirits?

3. What does Boorstin say man discovered in Section 24: The Birth of the Spectator?

4. What was the special element of Gothic architecture in Boorstin's opinion?

5. What did Thespis invent, according to Boorstin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Moses add to the culture of imagination?

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

4. What does Boorstin say is the importance of megaliths?

5. How does Boorstin characterize the Gothic style of art?

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

7. How does Boorstin describe the birth of hymns?

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

9. How does Boorstin characterize Shakespeare's role in the development of imaginative works?

10. How do Greek depictions compare with Egyptian symbols?

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

Would you recommend The Creators? For what purposes would you recommend The Creators, and what kinds of readers would you not recommend it? What book would you recommend that would cover the same material or provide the same emotional experience in a different way?

Essay Topic 3

How do the differences between men and women figure in Boorstin's book? What kind of creativity, and what forms are appropriate to each? What are the essential differences according to Boorstin? What underlying symmetries or similarities are there?

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