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 is Buddhism's response to the questions of living?

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

3. How does Boorstin characterize Suger's creation at the St. Denis cathedral?

4. What does Auden say about books in the second epigraph to Part 5?

5. Why are Muslims prohibited from making lasting images of human figures according to Boorstin?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Boorstin describe the birth of hymns?

2. How do Muslims differ from Greeks and Christians in their approach to making images?

3. What innovation did Dante introduce to Western culture?

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

5. How does Boorstin describe the birth of prose?

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

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

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

9. How does Boorstin characterize Cervantes' contribution to imaginative literature?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an evaluative review of The Creators. What is this book's place in culture? What are its uses? Who is its audience? What are its limitations?

Essay Topic 2

Which of the many epigraphs Boorstin uses in the headings for each Part is most applicable to the book as a whole? Using your analysis of the text, make a case for one epigraph in particular as an emblem of the whole project.

Essay Topic 3

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

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