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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Arbitration.
(b) Non-fiction.
(c) Capitalization.
(d) Fiction.

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

3. 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.

4. Boorstin suggests we are in danger if we forget that the experiences which can't be captured by the camera can still be captured in a what?
(a) Reality.
(b) Dreaming.
(c) Experience.
(d) Book.

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

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

7. Boorstin writes in Chapter 5 that "God himself becomes not a power but" what?
(a) An image.
(b) A nonentity.
(c) An advertisement.
(d) A myth.

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

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

10. Boorstin writes that our enemies profit from the fact they are known only, or primarily, through their what?
(a) Reality.
(b) Ideals.
(c) Politics.
(d) Images.

11. 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) Main Stage.
(b) SoHo.
(c) West End.
(d) Broadway.

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

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

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

15. Boorstin concludes that the United States in now locked in a pattern of "____" in which "we have fallen in love with our own image."
(a) Capitalist thought.
(b) Social narcissism.
(c) Creative narcissism.
(d) Pseudo-reality.

Short Answer Questions

1. What refers to purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct?

2. What is the third characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?

3. What system does Boorstin assert affected "traditional forms of achievement," in Chapter 4 - Section VIII?

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

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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