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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did Al Capone die?
(a) 1951.
(b) 1965.
(c) 1947.
(d) 1949.

2. 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) John F. Kennedy.
(c) Dwight Eisenhower.
(d) Franklin D. Roosevelt.

3. Who did Charles Lindbergh marry?
(a) Mary Anne Doherty.
(b) Anne Morrow.
(c) Sarah Morrow.
(d) Elizabeth Winchester.

4. What word refers to that which is coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency, without effort or premeditation, natural and unconstrained?
(a) Combustive.
(b) Spontaneous.
(c) Structured.
(d) Instantaneous.

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

6. Boorstin writes that critical history and critical biography have reduced heroes to mere pawns of what?
(a) The public.
(b) Social forces.
(c) The media.
(d) Chess.

7. When did Mussolini become the Prime Minister of Italy?
(a) 1911.
(b) 1949.
(c) 1915.
(d) 1922.

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

9. What name referred to Stalin's campaign to purge the Communist Party of people accused of sabotage, terrorism, or treachery?
(a) The Great Purge.
(b) The Great Famine.
(c) The Grand Inquisition.
(d) The Great Cleansing.

10. What first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police was best known for his involvement in the Lindbergh kidnapping case?
(a) Norman Schwarzkopf.
(b) Anderson Williams.
(c) Paul Skawinski.
(d) Michael Jameson.

11. When did Thomas Cook conduct his first train tour?
(a) 1901.
(b) 1852.
(c) 1865.
(d) 1841.

12. What is the first aspect of a pseudo-event, according to Boorstin?
(a) It is intentionally created.
(b) It is ambiguous.
(c) It is intended as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
(d) Its purpose is to be recreated or reported.

13. With whom did Charles Lindbergh sign a contract for his story of the famous monoplane flight?
(a) USA Today.
(b) Chicago Tribune.
(c) New York Times.
(d) CBS.

14. How many people did Thomas Cook claim to have arranged to attend the Great Exhibition?
(a) 150,000.
(b) 100,000.
(c) 50,000.
(d) 200,000.

15. Boorstin posits that in addition to destroying old heroes ____ has made it difficult to create and recognize new heroes.
(a) Technology.
(b) Democracy.
(c) The printing press.
(d) News media.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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.

2. When was Mein Kampf published?

3. When was Charles Lindbergh born?

4. What term refers to that which is of foreign origin or character, not native, introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized?

5. Who developed a technique of calling morning press conferences to announce afternoon press conferences in order to enhance his prestige?

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