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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what year did popular publications print articles showing the car was cheaper to operate than the horse?
(a) 1940.
(b) 1895.
(c) 1825.
(d) 1925.

2. In what year was Charles Lindbergh's infant son kidnapped and murdered in the "Crime of the Century"?
(a) 1911.
(b) 1932.
(c) 1950.
(d) 1941.

3. Where was Karl Baedeker observed to drop a pea on every twentieth step of the staircase to the roof, so he could report the number of steps accurately?
(a) St. Patrick Cathedral.
(b) Milan Cathedral.
(c) The Louvre.
(d) The Sistine Chapel.

4. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin discusses the formation of what as a communication device for government officials?
(a) The mobile phone.
(b) The FBI.
(c) The leak.
(d) The wire tap.

5. In what year did Karl Baedeker start his publishing company?
(a) 1827.
(b) 1800.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1859.

6. When did Joseph Stalin assume the role of head of state of Russia?
(a) 1929.
(b) 1911.
(c) 1924.
(d) 1931.

7. What term does Boorstin assert has been relegated to the experiences of young children or naïve adults?
(a) Fairy tales.
(b) Celebrity.
(c) Politicians.
(d) Hero.

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

9. What people does Boorstin assert were able to express, ritualize, and create heroes, in Chapter 2 - Section II?
(a) Public.
(b) Population.
(c) Folks.
(d) Masses.

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

11. 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) Archetype.
(b) Pseudo-event.
(c) Stereotype.
(d) Propaganda.

12. Where did Conrad Hilton purchase his first hotel?
(a) New York.
(b) Mexico.
(c) Canada.
(d) France.

13. What term means to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function?
(a) Homogenize.
(b) Amass.
(c) Uniformize.
(d) Conform.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Boorstin states, in Chapter 3 - Section I, that in today's travel there is very little what?

2. Boorstin writes that the telling of news has changed from reporting what was seen to what?

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

4. Boorstin asserts that the influx of pseudo-events has caused the confusion of participant and what roles?

5. What term refers to an activity that exists for the sole purpose of the media publicity and serves little to no other function in real life?

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