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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Credibility.
(b) Commerce.
(c) Desire.
(d) Need.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Boorstin writes in Chapter 6 - Section III, "We fill our lives not with experience but with the ____ of experience."
(a) Archetypes.
(b) Stereotypes.
(c) Ideals.
(d) Images.

10. What French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, and photographer is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism?
(a) Jean Francois.
(b) Jean Michele Foucault.
(c) Jean Baudrillard.
(d) Michael Foucault.

11. When does Boorstin say books began to be made cheaper, due to a variety of factors, in Chapter 4 - Section I?
(a) 1890s.
(b) 1840s.
(c) 1910s.
(d) 1850s.

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

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

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

15. What refers to something that is changed or modified to suit new conditions or needs?
(a) Inductation.
(b) Redaptation.
(c) Adaptation.
(d) Conductation.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 6 - Section I, Boorstin asserts that America has experienced a move from what to images?

2. What refers to a single complete page, front and back, in a finished book?

3. Boorstin writes that advertising helps to make a shift from what is true to what is what?

4. What is the fifth characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?

5. What states that the more we create images to "expand experience" the more we inevitably narrow experience?

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