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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 term means to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function?
(a) Homogenize.
(b) Amass.
(c) Conform.
(d) Uniformize.

2. Boorstin opens Chapter 3 - Section VI talking about the changes in our understanding of time and what?
(a) Commerce.
(b) Space.
(c) Travel.
(d) Family.

3. What name referred to Stalin's campaign to purge the Communist Party of people accused of sabotage, terrorism, or treachery?
(a) The Great Purge.
(b) The Great Famine.
(c) The Grand Inquisition.
(d) The Great Cleansing.

4. What is the title of Chapter 3?
(a) From Shapes to Shadows: Dissolving Forms.
(b) From Hero to Celebrity: The Human Pseudo-event.
(c) From News Gathering to News Making: A Flood of Pseudo-events.
(d) From Traveler to Tourist: The Lost Art of Travel.

5. What was the departure site for Charles Lindbergh's historic monoplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean ?
(a) Anderson Field, MA.
(b) Roosevelt Field, NY.
(c) Lockton Field, NY.
(d) Fort Williams Field, NC.

Short Answer Questions

1. In his argument in Chapter 2 - Section IV, what does Boorstin suggest create themselves?

2. Boorstin writes that the telling of news has changed from reporting what was seen to what?

3. What were Thomas Cook's circular notes better known as?

4. In what year did urban tourism in America become a profitable industry, as the number of tour agencies, railroad passenger departments, guidebook publishers, and travel writers grew at a fast pace?

5. What word refers to that which is coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency, without effort or premeditation, natural and unconstrained?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boorstin write all tourist attractions share, in Chapter 3 - Section IV? What effect does this have on travelers?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Boorstin assert of travelers' dissociation since the advent of tourism?

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

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

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

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