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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 does Stonehenge consist?
2. In what does Boorstin say Pantagruel luxuriates?
3. What tradition did the Christian church follow in its churches?
4. When does Boorstin say Stonehenge was created?
5. How long was it before Gothic art changed the style of European art and architecture in Boorstin's account?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did painting begin to reflect the changes that were taking place in literature?
2. In what way did T. S. Eliot change the course of literature's evolution?
3. How did visual arts change as artists came to appreciate the power of light?
4. Where does Boorstin put Kafka in his portrait of imaginative thinkers?
5. What is the place of the essay in the history Boorstin is describing?
6. How does Boorstin characterize Milton's contribution to imaginative culture?
7. What contribution did the Egyptians make to writing and self-expression?
8. What was St. Augustine's contribution to imaginative culture according to Boorstin?
9. What contribution did the Egyptians make in building the pyramids?
10. Where does Melville's Moby Dick fit in Boorstin's narrative?
Essay Topic 1
Other critics have told this story--of the progress of art and literature--as an evolution of a state of crisis, as individuals reacted to changes in culture with innovations in art, which changed the nature of the question. To what extent does Boorstin account for the cultural causes of the evolution of art, and to what extent does he account for the sense of ongoing crisis many artists have described?
Essay Topic 2
Evaluate your own reading of The Creators--did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.
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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