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 did the Slavonic Dostoevskian character represent for the Western imagination according to Boorstin?

2. What did Gibbon add to the genre of human comedy according to Boorstin?

3. What does Boorstin say Melville presents in Moby Dick?

4. What does Boorstin say Giotto di Bondone was the first Western artist to do?

5. Why did Dickens leave the public sphere?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Boorstin characterize Monet's accomplishment?

2. What does Boorstin say is Ben Franklin's contribution to the art of imaginative life?

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

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

5. How did painting begin to reflect the changes that were taking place in literature?

6. What was Gibbon's innovation?

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

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

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

10. How does Boorstin characterize Milton's 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

How do the differences between men and women figure in Boorstin's book? What kind of creativity, and what forms are appropriate to each? What are the essential differences according to Boorstin? What underlying symmetries or similarities are there?

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