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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. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin uses an example from the 1950s in which a story was released about an imminent attack by whom?
(a) Iran.
(b) China.
(c) Iraq.
(d) Russia.

2. What is the second quality of the pseudo-event described by Boorstin?
(a) It is intentionally created.
(b) It is intended as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
(c) It is ambiguous.
(d) Its purpose is to be recreated or reported.

3. How many people were aboard Thomas Cook's first train tour to Scotland?
(a) 250.
(b) 350.
(c) 100.
(d) 200.

4. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin suggests that leaks are a form of what by governments?
(a) Testing.
(b) Arbitration.
(c) Amnesty.
(d) Peace negotiations.

5. What does Boorstin assert has been provided in exotic locations, in Chapter 3 - Section IV?
(a) Local atmosphere.
(b) Money exchange stations.
(c) Tour guides.
(d) Exotic restaurants.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the title of Chapter 3?

2. What title did Mussolini go by after 3 years in office as Prime Minister?

3. When was Adolf Hitler born?

4. How much were tickets on Thomas Cook's first train tour?

5. What refers to a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the first aspect of "successful advertising" described by Boorstin? What example does he provide?

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

5. How does Boorstin distinguish pseudo-events from propaganda?

6. What does Boorstin write can be mass-produced today, in Chapter 2 - Section I? Why?

7. How does Boorstin define "passivity" in the image in Chapter 5 - Section I?

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

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

10. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

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