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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 was Milton's contribution to poetry?
2. Advances in what field made it possible for calligraphy to be an art in Chinese culture according to Boorstin?
3. How does Boorstin say Proust created life?
4. Whom does Boorstin say was the first biographer?
5. What did the Slavonic Dostoevskian character represent for the Western imagination according to Boorstin?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what way did T. S. Eliot change the course of literature's evolution?
2. How did visual arts change as artists came to appreciate the power of light?
3. What does Boorstin say is Rousseau's contribution to the art of autobiography?
4. What does Boorstin say is William Wordsworth's contribution to imaginative culture?
5. How did Beethoven change the nature of music according to Boorstin?
6. How does Boorstin characterize Dickens' contribution to imaginative culture?
7. What is Coleridge's importance in imaginative literature according to Boorstin?
8. What was Gibbon's innovation?
9. How does Boorstin characterize Milton's contribution to imaginative culture?
10. How does Boorstin describe the evolution of the orchestra over time?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why do you think Boorstin excluded technological inventions and imaginative work? What is it about combustion engines, or industrial processes, or scientific discoveries, that excludes them from this work?
Essay Topic 2
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 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Evaluate the proposition that Boorstin's portrait of culture is outdated.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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