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 was novel about the essay according to Boorstin?

2. When did Montaigne publish his Essays?

3. What does Boorstin say Michelangelo inspired people to idealize?

4. How did the orchestra change in the fifteenth century according to Boorstin?

5. What does Boorstin say was Milton's contribution to poetry?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When does Boorstin say authors became the subject of their own writing?

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

4. How did Beethoven change the nature of music according to Boorstin?

5. What is Coleridge's importance in imaginative literature according to Boorstin?

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

7. What, in Boorstin's opinion, is calligraphy's place in the history of human culture?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Make an annotated timeline and map to show Boorstin's progress through the history of imagination in World culture. Describe how you arrived at the graphic representation at which you arrived. Account, too, for Boorstin's departures from straight chronology.

Essay Topic 2

Modern times are often described as either the summit of individual expression or the fragmentation of culture--but these are opposing concepts, and the opposition is always a tricky territory to navigate. How does Boorstin render these two trends, how does he reconcile them, and how does he account for the sense some people have that modern culture is a catastrophe from the perspective of the family or community?

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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