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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. How does Boorstin say Muslims see creativity?

2. What are hieroglyphs?

3. Who are the devas?

4. Whose arguments allowed images of human figures to be created and displayed in Christianity?

5. What does Boorstin say Moses introduced into Western culture?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Boorstin describe the birth of drama?

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

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

7. How do Greek depictions compare with Egyptian symbols?

8. How does Boorstin say the Japanese differ from Westerners in their architectural approach?

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

10. How does Boorstin describe the difference between tragedy and comedy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Defend or refute the proposition that in its evolution, modern art has given the individual the ability to become immortal through his self-expression. Use examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

From what perspective could the narrative described here--of an art that came to approximate the condition of lived individual experience--be described as a falling away into false life and pseudo-awareness? How else could this narrative be described? What would a person have to believe in order to make a different characterization than Boorstin makes?

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