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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The fourth 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.

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

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

5. Boorstin writes that advertising helps to make a shift from what is true to what is what?
(a) Desired.
(b) Believable.
(c) Honorable.
(d) Perceived.

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

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

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

9. Boorstin states, regarding foreign affairs, "I suspect we suffer abroad simply because people know America through" what?
(a) Images.
(b) Television.
(c) Nonreality.
(d) Pseudo-events.

10. Boorstin suggests in Chapter 6 - Section III that Americans live in a sort of what?
(a) Pseudo-reality.
(b) Nonreality.
(c) Hyperreality.
(d) Pseudo-consciousness.

11. What is the fourth characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?
(a) It is vivid.
(b) It is believable.
(c) It is synthetic.
(d) It is ambiguous.

12. In Chapter 6 - Section I, Boorstin asserts that America has experienced a move from what to images?
(a) Thoughts.
(b) Morals.
(c) Ideals.
(d) Concepts.

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

14. 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.

15. What does Boorstin write essentially means that people have accepted and bought into the image that we are trying to uphold?
(a) Archetypes.
(b) Standards.
(c) Prestige.
(d) Ideals.

Short Answer Questions

1. What editor and co-editor of Publishers' Weekly guided the publication through much of the 20th century?

2. What refers to something that exists independently of ideas concerning it?

3. In Chapter 5, Boorstin asserts that we have made a shift from moral value to what value?

4. Boorstin writes that we are left with the "invention of experience" rather than its what?

5. 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?

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