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

2. What was one of Charles Lindbergh's nicknames?
(a) The Flyer.
(b) Wings.
(c) Lucky Chuck.
(d) Lucky Lindy.

3. How many main "extravagant expectations" does Boorstin posit Americans hold?
(a) 5.
(b) 4.
(c) 3.
(d) 2.

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

5. In Chapter 1 - Section V, Boorstin discusses a change in the way people relate to truth and to what?
(a) Religion.
(b) Ambiguity.
(c) Media.
(d) Image.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin discusses the formation of what as a communication device for government officials?

2. Where was Karl Baedeker observed to drop a pea on every twentieth step of the staircase to the roof, so he could report the number of steps accurately?

3. In his argument in Chapter 2 - Section IV, what does Boorstin suggest are created by the media?

4. What political party did Benito Mussolini lead?

5. In what year did popular publications print articles showing the car was cheaper to operate than the horse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What suggestions does Boorstin give to the American people at the close of the book?

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

3. How does Boorstin define movies as a pseudo-event?

4. What does Boorstin believe is responsible for the mass production of art? What effect does this cause?

5. Who was Thomas Cook? What industry did he expand?

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

7. Who was Karl Baedeker? What did he pioneer?

8. What example does Boorstin offer for "the leak" in Chapter 1 - Section IV?

9. What subject does Boorstin address in Chapter 1 - Section V? How have pseudo-events distorted image?

10. How does Boorstin compare travel of the past with the present, in Chapter 3 - Section I?

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