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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin suggests that leaks are a form of what by governments?
(a) Peace negotiations.
(b) Amnesty.
(c) Testing.
(d) Arbitration.

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

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

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

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

6. When did Al Capone die?
(a) 1947.
(b) 1949.
(c) 1965.
(d) 1951.

7. When was the Ford Model T introduced?
(a) 1916.
(b) 1908.
(c) 1895.
(d) 1900.

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

9. Boorstin relates pre-packaged travel to what activity, in Chapter 3 - Section I?
(a) Sleeping.
(b) Reading a book.
(c) Watching a movie.
(d) Cooking dinner.

10. When did Thomas Cook conduct his first train tour?
(a) 1841.
(b) 1901.
(c) 1865.
(d) 1852.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the second quality of the pseudo-event described by Boorstin?

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

3. Boorstin suggests, in Chapter 2 - Section 1, that heroes can now be what?

4. What is the fourth quality of the pseudo-event, according to Boorstin?

5. What term refers to widespread reputation, especially of a favorable character of renown and public eminence?

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