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

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

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

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

5. 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) Iraq.
(b) China.
(c) Iran.
(d) Russia.

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

7. When did Karl Baedeker institute a star system in his travel guides?
(a) 1844.
(b) 1867.
(c) 1859.
(d) 1902.

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

9. What does Boorstin refer to pseudo-events as, in Chapter 1 - Section IV?
(a) Stereotypes.
(b) Ambiguous truths.
(c) Ambiguous falsehoods.
(d) Appealing falsehoods.

10. What does Boorstin refer to propaganda as, in Chapter 1- Section IV?
(a) Appealing truths.
(b) Ambiguous truths.
(c) Ambiguous falsehoods.
(d) Appealing falsehoods.

11. What term refers to an activity that exists for the sole purpose of the media publicity and serves little to no other function in real life?
(a) Red carpet event.
(b) Non-event.
(c) Attraction.
(d) Pseudo-event.

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

13. What book of Walter Lippman's does Boorstin cite, in Chapter 1 - Section V?
(a) Public Opinion.
(b) Mein Kampf.
(c) Sociological Justices.
(d) The Origins of Family.

14. When did Mussolini become the Prime Minister of Italy?
(a) 1915.
(b) 1911.
(c) 1922.
(d) 1949.

15. Boorstin posits that in addition to destroying old heroes ____ has made it difficult to create and recognize new heroes.
(a) The printing press.
(b) Democracy.
(c) News media.
(d) Technology.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?

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

3. When was Mein Kampf published?

4. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin discusses the formation of what as a communication device for government officials?

5. What term means to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function?

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