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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin uses an example from the 1950s in which a story was released about an imminent attack by whom?
(a) Russia.
(b) Iran.
(c) China.
(d) Iraq.

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

5. Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in what year?
(a) 1938.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1929.
(d) 1933.

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

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

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

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

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

11. The argument is made, in Chapter 3 - Section IV, that the objects in museums were ____ from the homes of the wealthy and famous to be available for all to view.
(a) Liberated.
(b) Hijacked.
(c) Stolen.
(d) Smuggled.

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

13. What political party did Benito Mussolini lead?
(a) The Nazi Party.
(b) The Italian Nationalist Party.
(c) National Fascist Party.
(d) The Whig Party.

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

15. Where was Al Capone born?
(a) Naperville, IL.
(b) Queens, NY.
(c) Chicago, IL.
(d) Booklyn, NY.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the departure site for Charles Lindbergh's historic monoplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean ?

2. What were Thomas Cook's circular notes better known as?

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

4. Boorstin suggests, in Chapter 1 - Section V, that the advances made in American society have served to "blur the edges of" what?

5. What does Boorstin assert inevitably give a false representation of a country because they have been specially selected and taken from context?

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