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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. Boorstin writes that the telling of news has changed from reporting what was seen to what?
(a) Participating in what is seen.
(b) Actively creating what is seen.
(c) Commenting on what is seen.
(d) Reacting to what is seen.

2. When did the development of hotels with leisure complexes become a popular development in the United States?
(a) 1950s.
(b) 1940s.
(c) 1960s.
(d) 1930s.

3. What refers to a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position?
(a) Stereotype.
(b) Propaganda.
(c) Pseudo-event.
(d) Newspaper.

4. Established by Boorstin, what is the second way pseudo-events can overshadow real or spontaneous events?
(a) They can be repeated.
(b) They are more dramatic.
(c) They are easier to distribute.
(d) They are less dramatic.

5. In what year did popular publications print articles showing the car was cheaper to operate than the horse?
(a) 1825.
(b) 1940.
(c) 1925.
(d) 1895.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Conrad Hilton purchase his first hotel?

2. Boorstin posits that in addition to destroying old heroes ____ has made it difficult to create and recognize new heroes.

3. Where was Karl Baedeker born?

4. What refers to a tendency in contemporary culture characterized by the rejection of objective truth and global cultural narrative or meta-narrative?

5. When did Mussolini become the Prime Minister of Italy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boorstin write of "local atmosphere" in tourist destinations?

2. What does Boorstin write of the American concept of "greatness," in Chapter 2 - Section I?

3. How do the personalities of celebrities evolve, according to Boorstin?

4. How does Boorstin describe pseudo-events in the political arena, in Chapter 1 - Section III? What examples does he offer?

5. How did Baedeker expand his publications? What was the "star system"?

6. What has psychological analysis done to the old heroic form, according to Boorstin?

7. What aspects does Boorstin describe of pseudo-events in Chapter 1?

8. What aspect of the pseudo-event does Boorstin explore in Chapter 1 - Section IV?

9. What does Boorstin write of the news industry in Chapter 1 - Section I?

10. What extravagant expectations does Boorstin assert consumes the American psyche?

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