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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was Karl Baedeker born?
(a) Poland.
(b) Switzerland.
(c) Essen.
(d) Russia.

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

3. What does Boorstin claim increased the ease of creation and transmission of several different types of media?
(a) Graphic Revolution.
(b) Media Revolution.
(c) The printing press.
(d) World Wide Web.

4. What book of Walter Lippman's does Boorstin cite, in Chapter 1 - Section V?
(a) Public Opinion.
(b) Sociological Justices.
(c) Mein Kampf.
(d) The Origins of Family.

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

6. Boorstin writes that the telling of news has changed from reporting what was seen to what?
(a) Commenting on what is seen.
(b) Actively creating what is seen.
(c) Participating in what is seen.
(d) Reacting to what is seen.

7. When did the development of hotels with leisure complexes become a popular development in the United States?
(a) 1960s.
(b) 1930s.
(c) 1940s.
(d) 1950s.

8. When was Al Capone indicted for income tax evasion and various violations of the Volstead Act?
(a) 1940.
(b) 1919.
(c) 1931.
(d) 1941.

9. What refers to a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position?
(a) Propaganda.
(b) Newspaper.
(c) Stereotype.
(d) Pseudo-event.

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

11. Established by Boorstin, what is the second way pseudo-events can overshadow real or spontaneous events?
(a) They are less dramatic.
(b) They are more dramatic.
(c) They are easier to distribute.
(d) They can be repeated.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(d) Dwight Eisenhower.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What word refers to that which is important, highly significant, or consequential?

2. What political party did Benito Mussolini lead?

3. In what year did Thomas Cook's train tours first go to Scotland?

4. How many people were aboard Thomas Cook's first train tour to Scotland?

5. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin suggests that leaks are a form of what by governments?

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