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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) 1825.
(b) 1925.
(c) 1940.
(d) 1895.

2. What is the title of Chapter 3?
(a) From News Gathering to News Making: A Flood of Pseudo-events.
(b) From Hero to Celebrity: The Human Pseudo-event.
(c) From Shapes to Shadows: Dissolving Forms.
(d) From Traveler to Tourist: The Lost Art of Travel.

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

4. In his argument in Chapter 2 - Section IV, what does Boorstin suggest are created by the media?
(a) Pseudo-events.
(b) Politicians.
(c) Celebrities.
(d) Heroes.

5. What term is used in semiotics and postmodern philosophy to describe a hypothetical inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from fantasy?
(a) Hyper-reality.
(b) Pseudo-event.
(c) Superreality.
(d) Nonreality.

6. What does Boorstin assert inevitably give a false representation of a country because they have been specially selected and taken from context?
(a) Tour guides.
(b) Restaurants.
(c) Tourist attractions.
(d) The media.

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

8. What was the distance of Charles Lindbergh's historic monoplane flight across the Atlantic?
(a) 3,000 miles.
(b) 4,000 miles.
(c) 3,600 miles.
(d) 2,500 miles.

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

10. What is the second quality of the pseudo-event described by Boorstin?
(a) It is intentionally created.
(b) It is intended as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
(c) It is ambiguous.
(d) Its purpose is to be recreated or reported.

11. When did Charles Lindbergh make his famous flight across the Atlantic?
(a) 1934.
(b) 1927.
(c) 1940.
(d) 1915.

12. Karl Baedeker followed the model of English guide books instituted by whom?
(a) Michael Miller.
(b) John Murray.
(c) James Anderson.
(d) Thomas Cook.

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

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

15. When was the hotel coupon introduced to the touring industry in London?
(a) 1866.
(b) 1846.
(c) 1959.
(d) 1859.

Short Answer 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?

2. How many cars were registered in the United States in 1900?

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

4. Boorstin asserts, in Chapter 2 - Section I, that Americans have fooled themselves about how much _____ is contained in the world and in individuals.

5. 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.

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