The Creators Test | Final 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 is the relationship between teacher and learner according to the Koestler quote in the epigraph to Book 3?

2. What motif did Bruneleschi and Alberti introduce to Western art?

3. Why did Dickens leave the public sphere?

4. In what way is Moby Dick NOT a novel according to Boorstin?

5. Boorstin says that Dickens' work was a love affair with what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did photography change the nature of art and representation in Boorstin's account?

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

3. Why does Boorstin say Goethe's Faust is an important work?

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

5. What is the place of the essay in the history Boorstin is describing?

6. How does Proust change the way we understand imagination in modern times?

7. How does Boorstin describe the evolution of the orchestra over time?

8. How does Boorstin characterize Michelangelo's contribution to human culture?

9. How did visual arts change as artists came to appreciate the power of light?

10. Where does Boorstin put Kafka in his portrait of imaginative thinkers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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