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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 experience does Boorstin say Dante described in the Divine Comedy?

2. In what does Boorstin say Rabelais' book was an act of faith?

3. What does Boorstin see in men making images of men?

4. What was unique about the first literary work in Boorstin's account?

5. What did Confucius say comprised wisdom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boorstin say is the Koran's position on imaginative culture?

2. How did dance change during the transition into modernity?

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

4. What innovation did Dante introduce to Western culture?

5. In what way did T. S. Eliot change the course of literature's evolution?

6. Where does Melville's Moby Dick fit in Boorstin's narrative?

7. What does Boorstin say is Dostoevsky's contribution to imaginative literature?

8. What does Boorstin say is William Wordsworth's contribution to imaginative culture?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 2

From what perspective could the narrative described here--of an art that came to approximate the condition of lived individual experience--be described as a falling away into false life and pseudo-awareness? How else could this narrative be described? What would a person have to believe in order to make a different characterization than Boorstin makes?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate the proposition that Boorstin's portrait of culture is outdated. Describe how it is no longer appropriate to our times, and, if possible, what has replaced it.

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