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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. Of what are Chaucer's Canterbury Tales comprised?

2. What does Boorstin say Afghanistani made possible according to Hindus?

3. What tradition did the Christian church follow in its churches?

4. How does Boorstin characterize the nature of Gothic art?

5. What governs the relationship between mankind and Moses' God?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Boorstin describe the birth of hymns?

7. What is the purpose of life in Buddhist teachings?

8. How do Greek depictions compare with Egyptian symbols?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Why do women play so small a part in The Creators? Analyze the text to describe Boorstin's ideas about women and women's contribution to Western culture and the development of the imagination. Are they principally muses instead of creators? Are they principally biological creators instead of artistic creators? How does Boorstin describe women's roles in culture?

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