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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What, according to the author, is always in the present and requires a constant stream of publicity and pseudo-events to maintain its status?
(a) Political favor.
(b) Heroism.
(c) Celebrity.
(d) Public favor.

2. What does Boorstin call "a person who is known for his well-knownness"?
(a) Debutante.
(b) Politician.
(c) Heiress.
(d) Celebrity.

3. Boorstin asserts that the influx of pseudo-events has caused the confusion of participant and what roles?
(a) Catalyst.
(b) Viewer.
(c) Creator.
(d) Instigator.

4. With whom did Thomas Cook form a partnership and rename the travel agency as Thomas Cook and Son?
(a) John A. Mason Cook.
(b) Andrew Michael Cook.
(c) Thomas Cook, Jr.
(d) Alexander Mason Cook.

5. Boorstin asserts, in Chapter 2 - Section I, that Americans have fooled themselves about how much _____ is contained in the world and in individuals.
(a) Greatness.
(b) Poverty.
(c) Fame.
(d) Wealthy.

6. Who wrote Crystallizing Public Opinion?
(a) Edward R. Burns.
(b) Edward L. Bynay.
(c) Edward A. Smith.
(d) Edward L. Bernays.

7. What does Boorstin refer to propaganda as, in Chapter 1- Section IV?
(a) Appealing truths.
(b) Ambiguous falsehoods.
(c) Ambiguous truths.
(d) Appealing falsehoods.

8. What is the official log of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress?
(a) Congressional Record.
(b) House Record.
(c) Presidential Congressional Record.
(d) Record of the Congressional Committee.

9. In what year did urban tourism in America become a profitable industry, as the number of tour agencies, railroad passenger departments, guidebook publishers, and travel writers grew at a fast pace?
(a) 1900.
(b) 1856.
(c) 1915.
(d) 1959.

10. What political party did Benito Mussolini lead?
(a) National Fascist Party.
(b) The Nazi Party.
(c) The Italian Nationalist Party.
(d) The Whig Party.

11. Boorstin opens Chapter 3 - Section VI talking about the changes in our understanding of time and what?
(a) Space.
(b) Family.
(c) Travel.
(d) Commerce.

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

13. How much were tickets on Thomas Cook's first train tour?
(a) One shilling.
(b) One pence.
(c) Ten shillings.
(d) Five shillings.

14. How many cars were registered in the United States in 1900?
(a) 8,000.
(b) 30,000.
(c) 20,000.
(d) 10,000.

15. What term refers to widespread reputation, especially of a favorable character of renown and public eminence?
(a) Fame.
(b) Celebrity.
(c) Greatness.
(d) Prowess.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Al Capone die?

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

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

4. What title did Mussolini go by after 3 years in office as Prime Minister?

5. When was Al Capone indicted for income tax evasion and various violations of the Volstead Act?

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