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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the second characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?
(a) It is simplified.
(b) It is believable.
(c) It is synthetic.
(d) It is ambiguous.

2. What refers to a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment?
(a) Objective.
(b) Intention.
(c) Desire.
(d) Obstacle.

3. When was Reader's Digest founded?
(a) 1922.
(b) 1900.
(c) 1949.
(d) 1911.

4. What does Boorstin describe as a kind of pseudo-event, especially in the sense that they were "more vivid and more impressive than the spontaneous original"?
(a) Books.
(b) News media.
(c) Movies.
(d) Photographs.

5. What is the fifth characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?
(a) It is simplified.
(b) It is synthetic.
(c) It is believable.
(d) It is ambiguous.

6. What refers to the process or fact of personally observing, encountering, or undergoing something?
(a) Reality.
(b) Pseudo-experience.
(c) Action.
(d) Experience.

7. Boorstin writes that we are left with the "invention of experience" rather than its what?
(a) Depiction.
(b) Creation.
(c) Discovery.
(d) Reality.

8. What editor and co-editor of Publishers' Weekly guided the publication through much of the 20th century?
(a) Henry J. Williamson.
(b) Frederic Gershom Melcher.
(c) Neil Jackson Smith.
(d) Jefferson Andrews.

9. Who invented the steam powered rotary printing press in 1843 in the United States?
(a) Henry Watson.
(b) Richard M. Hoe.
(c) Johannes Gutenberg.
(d) Stephan Michaelson.

10. Where is Reader's Digest based?
(a) San Francisco, California.
(b) Portland, Oregon.
(c) Chappaqua, New York.
(d) New York, New York.

11. What word does Boorstin suggest we created out of the need to express the specialness of that which is real, in Chapter 6 - Section III?
(a) Non-fiction.
(b) Capitalization.
(c) Arbitration.
(d) Fiction.

12. What type of book binding begins with the signatures of the book as loose pages which are then clamped together?
(a) Cross stitch.
(b) Oversew.
(c) Undersew.
(d) Bind-sew.

13. What is the sixth characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?
(a) It is believable.
(b) It is synthetic.
(c) It is simplified.
(d) It is ambiguous.

14. What does Boorstin assert arose spontaneously through "tradition, history, or by God,"are not made simple, are direct and active in the sense that they pull people forward?
(a) Nonevents.
(b) Images.
(c) Pseudo-events.
(d) Ideals.

15. The first aspect of successful advertising discussed by Boorstin in Chapter 5 - Section IV is what?
(a) Appeal of the self-fulfilling prophecy.
(b) Ambiguity.
(c) Appeal of the contrived.
(d) Appeal of the half-intelligible.

Short Answer Questions

1. What company advertised the fact that the bottles were "steam-sterilized," neglecting to mention the fact that all the other beer companies used the same process?

2. What French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, and photographer is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism?

3. Boorstin writes that our enemies profit from the fact they are known only, or primarily, through their what?

4. What major movie studio did Carl Laemmle originate?

5. Boorstin suggests in Chapter 6 - Section III that Americans live in a sort of what?

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