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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) The Sistine Chapel.
(b) The Louvre.
(c) Milan Cathedral.
(d) St. Patrick Cathedral.

2. 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) Celebrity.
(c) Public favor.
(d) Heroism.

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

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

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

6. What was the familiar hallmark of Baedeker guides?
(a) Green binding.
(b) Red binding.
(c) Blue binding.
(d) Yellow binding.

7. What term refers to the process of making something commercial?
(a) Advertise.
(b) Catalyze.
(c) Propone.
(d) Commoditize.

8. When did Karl Baedeker die?
(a) 1859.
(b) 1905.
(c) 1847.
(d) 1805.

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

10. What term refers to that which is of foreign origin or character, not native, introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized?
(a) Exotic.
(b) Indiginous.
(c) Other.
(d) Dangerous.

11. Boorstin suggests, in Chapter 2 - Section 1, that heroes can now be what?
(a) Mass-produced.
(b) Destroyed.
(c) Emulated.
(d) Copied.

12. What word means to represent concretely, to externalize?
(a) Assert.
(b) Project.
(c) Objectify.
(d) Dejectify.

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

14. What were Thomas Cook's circular notes better known as?
(a) Credit slips.
(b) Credit cards.
(c) Travel coupons.
(d) Traveler's Cheques.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What people does Boorstin assert were able to express, ritualize, and create heroes, in Chapter 2 - Section II?

2. Boorstin states that psychological analysis has effectively turned the actions of heroes into compensations for what?

3. 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?

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

5. How many people did Thomas Cook claim to have arranged to attend the Great Exhibition?

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