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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 5 - Section V, Boorstin states that even ____ have become blurred because of the relentless drive of business and consumerism.
(a) Books.
(b) The seasons.
(c) Movies.
(d) Politicians.

2. What refers to a physical likeness or representation of a person, animal, or thing, photographed, painted, sculptured, or otherwise made visible?
(a) Image.
(b) Prestige.
(c) Archetype.
(d) Ideal.

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

4. What production company, recognizing that actors and actresses would demand higher pay if they became well known, refused to give their names?
(a) MGM.
(b) General Film Company.
(c) Paramount Pictures.
(d) Universal Studios.

5. Boorstin writes that the amount of dissociation has become so absolute that what no longer feels real?
(a) The pseudo-event.
(b) The natural.
(c) The pseudo-reality.
(d) The media.

6. Boorstin begins Chapter 5 - Section II discussing the differences between "ideal-thinking" and what?
(a) Logic thinking.
(b) Commercial thinking.
(c) Image thinking.
(d) Concept thinking.

7. When was Daniel J. Boorstin born?
(a) 1914.
(b) 1908.
(c) 1911.
(d) 1895.

8. What book by Walter Lippman does Boorstin discuss in Chapter 5 - Section VI?
(a) Public Opinion.
(b) Beyond Good and Evil.
(c) Mein Kampf.
(d) The Origins of Family.

9. Who developed an early printing press in 1436?
(a) Henry Watson.
(b) Galileo Galilei.
(c) Stephan Michaelson.
(d) Johannes Gutenberg.

10. Boorstin suggests that the graphic revolution and what else are mostly responsible for the abridgment and the mass production of art?
(a) Capitalism.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Media.
(d) Commercialism.

11. What refers to inexpensive fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s?
(a) Romance fiction.
(b) Dime store fiction.
(c) Pulp fiction.
(d) Dirt fiction.

12. What is the third characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?
(a) It is passive.
(b) It is believable.
(c) It is synthetic.
(d) It is ambiguous.

13. In Chapter 6 - Section II, Boorstin warns that America has spent too much time attempting to "perfect our image rather than" what?
(a) Our ideals.
(b) Our politics.
(c) Our foreign policy.
(d) Ourselves.

14. In Chapter 5 - Section IV, Boorstin describes how the appearance of advertising has caused a movement from focusing on truth to focusing on what?
(a) Need.
(b) Commerce.
(c) Credibility.
(d) Desire.

15. What refers to purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct?
(a) Conflict.
(b) Intention.
(c) Action.
(d) Desire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Daniel J. Boorstin was appointed twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress from 1975 until when?

2. Whose best-known films are The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, and The Greatest Show on Earth?

3. What major movie studio did Adolf Zukor originate?

4. When did P.T. Barnum purchase Scudder's American Museum?

5. What is the name of a small press capable of printing small-format pieces such as billheads, letterheads, business cards, and envelopes?

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