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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 the Renaissance offered to Shakespeare?

2. To what use did Romans put sculpture according to Boorstin?

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

4. What else did Thespis invent?

5. What fear did St. Ambrose's creation allay?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Boorstin describe the birth of drama?

2. How does Boorstin describe the birth of prose?

3. How do Greek depictions compare with Egyptian symbols?

4. How does Boorstin characterize the Confucian teachings?

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

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

7. What does Boorstin mean when he says that theology was born in Greek philosophy?

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

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

10. How does Boorstin describe the birth of hymns?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Modern times are often described as either the summit of individual expression or the fragmentation of culture--but these are opposing concepts, and the opposition is always a tricky territory to navigate. How does Boorstin render these two trends, how does he reconcile them, and how does he account for the sense some people have that modern culture is a catastrophe from the perspective of the family or community?

Essay Topic 2

Who is the hero of The Creators? Is there one person or figure who emerges? How does Boorstin distribute the focus among so many artists without dissipating the effect of his work? What characteristic work or decision defines the hero in The Creators?

Essay Topic 3

In autobiography, artists change themselves in the process of revealing themselves--putting their experiences down on paper seems to give them a new perspective, or free them. Using examples from the text, describe the difference between art that is a final product and art that is psychologically useful to the personal development of the author. Do they make different legacies? Can a psychological process be handed down?

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