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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Boorstin claim was a major figure of presidential creation of pseudo-events, including his solidification of the presidential press conference and his fireside chats?
(a) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(b) Dwight Eisenhower.
(c) John F. Kennedy.
(d) Hubert Humphrey.

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

3. What does Boorstin call "a person who is known for his well-knownness"?
(a) Heiress.
(b) Politician.
(c) Celebrity.
(d) Debutante.

4. 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.
(a) Pseudo-event.
(b) Archetype.
(c) Stereotype.
(d) Propaganda.

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

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

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

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

9. What form of travel, initiated by Thomas Cook, had the traveler go independently, while Cook's agency charged for travel, food, and accommodation for a fixed period over any chosen route?
(a) Exclusive independent travel.
(b) Inclusive independent travel.
(c) Interactive independent travel.
(d) Independent travel.

10. 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.

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

12. In what year did popular publications print articles showing the car was cheaper to operate than the horse?
(a) 1825.
(b) 1940.
(c) 1895.
(d) 1925.

13. What word refers to that which is coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency, without effort or premeditation, natural and unconstrained?
(a) Spontaneous.
(b) Instantaneous.
(c) Combustive.
(d) Structured.

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

15. In what year did Karl Baedeker start his publishing company?
(a) 1800.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1827.
(d) 1859.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many people were aboard Thomas Cook's first train tour to Scotland?

2. Pseudo-events tend to do what to the human experience, according to Boorstin?

3. When did Karl Baedeker die?

4. How many main "extravagant expectations" does Boorstin posit Americans hold?

5. Who did Charles Lindbergh marry?

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