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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What Muzak designer suggested that his company was more the business of programming than the business of music?
(a) Donald O'Neill.
(b) James Morrison.
(c) Carl Laemmle.
(d) Adolf Zukor.

2. What refers to something that exists independently of ideas concerning it?
(a) Action.
(b) Reality.
(c) Pseudo-event.
(d) Experience.

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) Politicians.
(c) The seasons.
(d) Movies.

4. In Chapter 5, Boorstin asserts that we have made a shift from moral value to what value?
(a) Religious.
(b) Narcissistic.
(c) Independent.
(d) Commercial.

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

6. 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) Movies.
(b) News media.
(c) Books.
(d) Photographs.

7. 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.

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

9. 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) Universal Studios.
(c) MGM.
(d) General Film Company.

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

11. 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) Commercialism.
(d) Media.

12. When did P.T. Barnum purchase Scudder's American Museum?
(a) 1841.
(b) 1859.
(c) 1867.
(d) 1905.

13. 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) Fiction.
(d) Capitalization.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. When was Publishers' Weekly first published?

3. 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?

4. Boorstin states, regarding foreign affairs, "I suspect we suffer abroad simply because people know America through" what?

5. In Chapter 5 - Section IV, Boorstin states, "By sharpening our images we have blurred all our" what?

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