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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. Whose arguments allowed images of human figures to be created and displayed in Christianity?

2. What does Boorstin say Christianity helped man discover?

3. How does Boorstin characterize the Decameron?

4. How did the ideal human figure shift from Egypt to Greece?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Moses add to the culture of imagination?

5. How does Boorstin describe the birth of drama?

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

7. How does Boorstin describe the birth of prose?

8. How does Boorstin describe the difference between tragedy and comedy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Boorstin ends the book with the optimistic description of film and tv as media that will reunite communities by holding people in thrall to the same moving images. Evaluate the value of this conclusion, based on your experiences, and also based on the criteria Boorstin used for evaluating the works he analyzes in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Assess the proposition that Boorstin's inclusion of non-Western art and culture amounts to tokenism that reflects a Western bias.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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