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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the first of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?
(a) We have unlimited power to fashion the world to our desires
(b) There is always more that the world can provide.
(c) Time is of the essence.
(d) Money can buy anything.

2. Boorstin writes that critical history and critical biography have reduced heroes to mere pawns of what?
(a) The media.
(b) The public.
(c) Social forces.
(d) Chess.

3. Boorstin posits that in addition to destroying old heroes ____ has made it difficult to create and recognize new heroes.
(a) News media.
(b) The printing press.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Technology.

4. Boorstin asserts that the influx of pseudo-events has caused the confusion of participant and what roles?
(a) Instigator.
(b) Viewer.
(c) Catalyst.
(d) Creator.

5. What is the second of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?
(a) There is always more that the world can provide.
(b) Time is of the essence.
(c) Money can buy anything.
(d) We have unlimited power to fashion the world to our desires.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many cars were registered in the United States in 1900?

2. Boorstin states, in Chapter 3 - Section I, that in today's travel there is very little what?

3. When did Joseph Stalin assume the role of head of state of Russia?

4. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin uses an example from the 1950s in which a story was released about an imminent attack by whom?

5. What word refers to that which is important, highly significant, or consequential?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

2. How did Charles Lindbergh succumb to celebrity, according to Boorstin?

3. How did Conrad Hilton establish his hotel empire? Where was his first hotel built?

4. What did the advent of tourism do for the American traveler, according to Boorstin?

5. Who was Charles Lindbergh? What does Boorstin assert of him?

6. What does Boorstin write of the impact of the Graphic Revolution, in Chapter 1 - Section II?

7. How does Boorstin describe tourism in America in Chapter 3 - Section V?

8. What comparison does Boorstin make between celebrities and heroes in Chapter 2 - Section IV?

9. What is the effect of the extravagant expectations held by Americans, according to Boorstin?

10. What does Boorstin relate of technology and the sciences in Chapter 2 - Section II?

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