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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What refers to a tendency in contemporary culture characterized by the rejection of objective truth and global cultural narrative or meta-narrative?
(a) Post-modernism.
(b) Hyper-reality.
(c) Nonreality.
(d) Pseudo-event.

2. 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) The Louvre.
(c) Milan Cathedral.
(d) The Sistine Chapel.

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

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

5. What was the departure site for Charles Lindbergh's historic monoplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean ?
(a) Anderson Field, MA.
(b) Lockton Field, NY.
(c) Fort Williams Field, NC.
(d) Roosevelt Field, NY.

6. When was Benito Mussolini born?
(a) 1911.
(b) 1883.
(c) 1869.
(d) 1905.

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

8. When was Charles Lindbergh born?
(a) 1900.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1915.
(d) 1911.

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

10. Boorstin asserts, in Chapter 2 - Section I, that Americans have fooled themselves about how much _____ is contained in the world and in individuals.
(a) Poverty.
(b) Fame.
(c) Wealthy.
(d) Greatness.

11. What was one of Charles Lindbergh's nicknames?
(a) The Flyer.
(b) Lucky Lindy.
(c) Wings.
(d) Lucky Chuck.

12. What is the first of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?
(a) Time is of the essence.
(b) There is always more that the world can provide.
(c) Money can buy anything.
(d) We have unlimited power to fashion the world to our desires

13. 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) Dwight Eisenhower.
(c) Joseph McCarthy.
(d) John F. Kennedy.

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

15. In his argument in Chapter 2 - Section IV, what does Boorstin suggest create themselves?
(a) Celebrities.
(b) Politicians.
(c) Heroes.
(d) Pseudo-events.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who did Charles Lindbergh marry?

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

4. Boorstin writes that critical history and critical biography have reduced heroes to mere pawns of what?

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

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