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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. What did the dithyramb and its derivatives do in Greek history?
3. When does Boorstin say Stonehenge was created?
4. How did the ideal human figure shift from Egypt to Greece?
5. What is a dithyramb?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Boorstin say the Japanese differ from Westerners in their architectural approach?
2. What contribution does Boorstin say Boethius made to imaginative culture?
3. How do Muslims differ from Greeks and Christians in their approach to making images?
4. How do Greek depictions compare with Egyptian symbols?
5. How does Boorstin describe the Hindu contribution to imaginative culture?
6. How does Boorstin describe the difference between tragedy and comedy?
7. What explanation does Boorstin offer for the cave paintings of Altamira, Lascaux and Les Trois Freres?
8. What innovation did Dante introduce to Western culture?
9. How does Boorstin characterize the Confucian teachings?
10. What is a dithyramb and what is its place in imaginative culture?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
Assess the proposition that Boorstin's inclusion of non-Western art and culture amounts to tokenism that reflects a Western bias.
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