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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. What was the purpose of Don Quixote in Boorstin's account?

3. What experience does Boorstin say Dante described in the Divine Comedy?

4. What did Greeks discover through drama according to Boorstin?

5. What did St. Augustine give men in City of God?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boorstin say James Joyce does with his work?

2. How does Boorstin characterize Johann Sebastian Bach's contribution to human imaginative work?

3. How does Boorstin characterize Monet's accomplishment?

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

5. How does Boorstin characterize Milton's contribution to imaginative culture?

6. How does Boorstin characterize Virginia Woolf's contribution to imaginative literature?

7. What innovation did Pablo Picasso bring to Western art in Boorstin's account?

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

9. What does Boorstin say Pickering and Prescott have in common, and what is their role in the development of the Western imaginative consciousness?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Would you recommend The Creators? For what purposes would you recommend The Creators, and what kinds of readers would you not recommend it? What book would you recommend that would cover the same material or provide the same emotional experience in a different way?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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