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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1 - Section IV and V.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin uses an example from the 1950s in which a story was released about an imminent attack by whom?
(a) China.
(b) Russia.
(c) Iran.
(d) Iraq.

2. According to Walter Lippman, a ____ is a way of giving rapid meaning to an external person or situation to help one orient to a world full of confusing and overwhelming experiences.
(a) Propaganda.
(b) Archetype.
(c) Pseudo-event.
(d) Stereotype.

3. Who does Boorstin claim was a major figure of presidential creation of pseudo-events, including his solidification of the presidential press conference and his fireside chats?
(a) Hubert Humphrey.
(b) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(c) John F. Kennedy.
(d) Dwight Eisenhower.

4. Boorstin suggests, in Chapter 1 - Section V, that the advances made in American society have served to "blur the edges of" what?
(a) Reality.
(b) Truth.
(c) Commercialism.
(d) Commerce.

5. Who developed a technique of calling morning press conferences to announce afternoon press conferences in order to enhance his prestige?
(a) Joseph McCarthy.
(b) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(c) Dwight Eisenhower.
(d) John F. Kennedy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the official log of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress?

2. What does Boorstin claim increased the ease of creation and transmission of several different types of media?

3. What is the second of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?

4. What refers to a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position?

5. Established by Boorstin, what is the third way pseudo-events can overshadow real or spontaneous events?

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