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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter II Section I-III.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the first of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?
(a) Money can buy anything.
(b) There is always more that the world can provide.
(c) We have unlimited power to fashion the world to our desires
(d) Time is of the essence.

2. Boorstin states that psychological analysis has effectively turned the actions of heroes into compensations for what?
(a) Internal neurosis.
(b) Internal psychology.
(c) Internal insignificance.
(d) Internal psychopathology.

3. Pseudo-events tend to do what to the human experience, according to Boorstin?
(a) Embellish it.
(b) Objectify it.
(c) Narrow it.
(d) Diminish it.

4. Pseudo-events, according to Boorstin, create distortion through what?
(a) Propaganda.
(b) Complication.
(c) Ambiguity.
(d) Falsehood.

5. In Chapter 1 - Section V, Boorstin discusses a change in the way people relate to truth and to what?
(a) Ambiguity.
(b) Religion.
(c) Media.
(d) Image.

Short Answer 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?

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

3. What does Boorstin refer to pseudo-events as, in Chapter 1 - Section IV?

4. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin discusses the formation of what as a communication device for government officials?

5. What term is used in semiotics and postmodern philosophy to describe a hypothetical inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from fantasy?

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