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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 40 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located in the Theater District, New York?
(a) SoHo.
(b) Broadway.
(c) Main Stage.
(d) West End.

2. Boorstin claims that in the effort to make art and literature accessible to all, these forms of expression were what?
(a) Disembodied.
(b) Diminished.
(c) Destroyed.
(d) Embellished.

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

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

5. What refers to reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, rank, or other favorable attributes?
(a) Prestige.
(b) Narcissism.
(c) Pseudo-reality.
(d) Understanding.

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

7. In Chapter 5 - Section IV, Boorstin states, "By sharpening our images we have blurred all our" what?
(a) Experiences.
(b) Vision.
(c) Reality.
(d) Media.

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

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

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

11. Boorstin concludes Chapter 6 - Section V by stating that we must be able to reach beyond into novel experiences and ideas and thus become aware of our what?
(a) Illusions.
(b) Images.
(c) Ideals.
(d) Reality.

12. What is the name of a small press capable of printing small-format pieces such as billheads, letterheads, business cards, and envelopes?
(a) Needle press.
(b) Letterhead press.
(c) Jobbing press.
(d) Probing press.

13. What system does Boorstin assert affected "traditional forms of achievement," in Chapter 4 - Section VIII?
(a) Democracy.
(b) The caste system.
(c) The star system.
(d) Communism.

14. Whose best-known films are The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, and The Greatest Show on Earth?
(a) Cecil B. DeMille.
(b) Carl Laemmle.
(c) Mike Nichols.
(d) Adolf Zukor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What Muzak designer suggested that his company was more the business of programming than the business of music?

2. Boorstin begins Chapter 5 - Section II discussing the differences between "ideal-thinking" and what?

3. When was Daniel J. Boorstin born?

4. What book by Walter Lippman does Boorstin discuss in Chapter 5 - Section VI?

5. When does Boorstin say books began to be made cheaper, due to a variety of factors, in Chapter 4 - Section I?

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